Over at Retrospectacle, Shelley briefly mentions a quote that William F. Buckley has been mumbling for aeons now.
“I’m taken with the reply of an elderly scientific scholar to an exuberant young skeptic. ‘I find it easier to believe in God than to believe that Hamlet was deduced from the molecular structure of a mutton chop.'”
When I first heard it in the 1997 Firing Line Debate, I wondered who the “elderly scientific scholar” and “exuberant young skeptic” were. According to this Time article from 1960, they were Thomas Henry Huxley and John Tyndall. If you know anything about this two, this seems a little … off.
Interestingly, here Buckley attributes it to a “crusty academic believer, his back to the wall at the dizzy height of the Darwinian offensive”. Hardly a description of Huxley!!!
And here it is attributed to C.S. Lewis.
So, does anyone know who said this and to whom, or is this another “fact”.