Just as Huxley was "Darwin's bulldog
," Dawkins is humanism's bulldog, and we are very fortunate to have him as a spokesperson.
Perhaps it is worth considering the words of Thomas Huxley, often referred to as "Darwin's Bulldog
" because of his passionate defense of Darwin's ideas, who said: "Only a scientific people can survive in a scientific future."
This was the very same Darwin who ducked the worldwide brouhaha over evolution; who let other scientists--such as Thomas Huxley, a friend who nicknamed himself "Darwin's bulldog
" (no comment)--duke it out with the public and the clergy; who exulted in his autobiography, "I rejoice that I have avoided controversies," as he had been advised to do by Sir Charles Lyell, who had been beleaguered for his research on the age of the Earth.
He cites Thomas Huxley, Darwin's Bulldog
, as an example of one who espouses a veneer theory, and castigates him for straying from his Darwinian roots.
However, 'Ape' did publish a portrait of 'Darwin's bulldog
Thomson recounts the death throes of natural history in the debate at Oxford between Bishop Samuel Wilberforce and Thomas Henry Huxley, Darwin's bulldog
. Huxley's triumph underscored that the future lay with science rather than natural theology, with evolution rather than species in stasis, with natural selection rather than God's guiding hand.
By contrast, as resolute an evolutionist as Thomas Henry Huxley, "Darwin's bulldog
," invoked similar implications even while he urged his audience to transcend them morally (1894/1989).