• I have encountered a few "creationists" and because they were usually nice, intelligent people, I have been unable to decide whether they were really mad or only pretending to be mad. If I was a religious person, I would consider creationism nothing less than blasphemy. Do its adherents imagine that God is a cosmic hoaxer who has created the whole vast fossil record for the sole purpose of misleading humankind?

    "Presidents, Experts, and Asteroids". Essay by Arthur C. Clarke for journal "Science" (pp. 1532-1533), June 5, 1998.