DEAN CLOSE AND SCIENCE.
Mr. George D'OYLY SNOW, in a letter to the Spectator says:
"I think the Dean of Carlisle is a very unfit man to start a crusade
against science, because he is so exceptionally ignorant of the simplest facts
of natural history. Preaching at Swanage, about nine years ago, on the
distinction between man and all other animals, he said that late scientific
investigations had shown that human blood differed in the shape of its globules from
the blood of any beats or birds, 'if indeed,' he added, 'birds have blood.'
Mr. Shirley BROOKS, in the Illustrated London News says:
"Dean CLOSE has two enemies, geology and tobacco. He has not recently,
so far as I know, assailed the latter. 'The sons of Raleigh are too strong
for him.' The old Pied Bull at Islington, the first public house, they say,
where smoking took place, is gone - succeeded by a smart tavern; but the teaching
of that Academia survives, and will survive when the Dean's cathedral shall
have followed old Pied Bull. But he has found occasion to castigate geology, and
insists that a the majority of men of that science descend into the earth to
grub up evidences against orthodox doctrine. Dean CLOSE is a most honest and
pious man; but he is not on a line with the reading of the day. He may be
assured that the majority of men of geological science do nothing of the kind,
considering themselves long since to have disposed of what the dean calls
orthodoxy. But they are not the enemies of religion, for all that. If religion be the
sister of reverence may I ask him a question from another science?
The rate of motion of the heavenly bodies was not known when orthodoxy
of his sort was devised; but what is the effect upon a thinking man of the
fact that while Dean CLOSE has merely signed his name this world has darted
nearly thirty-six miles? Will he rather have a literal rendering of a doubtful
text, or lesson so great and glorious that he who hath ears to hear must hear?"