An Evolutionist’s View on Nature and Religion

September 14, 2009 at 12:14 pm

A woman who knew my evolution beliefs once asked me where heaven is. There seemed to her to be no place left for it in the cosmos of the evolutionist. This is a type of difficulty which perplexes many persons. They dwell upon the physical symbolism of faith and creed, as if the things of the spirit must be measured by time and space and materials. I could only answer that I never expect to be able to discover heaven with a telescope. Perhaps heaven is much nearer than we think.

– L.H. Bailey, from the 1899 article, “An Evolutionist’s View on Nature and Religion” in The Idepedendent


Quotable Bailey

September 4, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Nature does not become senile; it pauses, and then resurrects.

– L.H. Bailey

Carriage barn at the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, South Haven, Michigan

The Separate Soul: Liberty Hyde Bailey’s Reflections On John Muir

August 19, 2009 at 3:31 pm

The new Ken Burn’s documentary, The National Park: America’s Best Ideas will take to the airwaves on September 27th. One of the featured personalities will be that of John Muir, no less reintroducing the legacy of this profound man to many Americans. Muir’s activism ripples through our culture with concentric waves touching the founding of Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, the Sierra Club, and bringing awareness to Americans of the landscape they inhabit. Liberty Hyde Bailey too was effected by Muir’s legacy. Not too long after Muir’s death in 1914, Bailey wrote of him in The Holy Earth in the chapter entitled, “The separate soul.”

Click on the title link to dowload this chapter from Bailey’s, The Holy Earth.

Local Beef Brown Bag Caps Summer Program

August 14, 2009 at 9:22 am

Where does your beef come from? As author Michael Pollan points out in his book, In Defense of Food we have resigned one of the most intimate acts in our daily life, eating food, to an industrialized system. Mike Rainey, of Rainey Farms in South Haven, Michigan presented an alternative at the museum’s last Brown Bag this summer; know your farmer and know where your food comes from. Mike raises cattle without the use of synthetic hormones or steroids and are fed only all natural ingredients. As a local farmer who also sells at the South Haven Farmer’s Market, Mike is an advocate for buying food locally citing its benefits of spurring local economic growth, knowing what’s in your food and where it comes from and basically better tasting food. Put away that marinade! This beef has flavor.

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