Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Seth Chalmer

Brilliant! Perfect! Huzzah for the Zoo Rabbi! I've always believed there's no contradiction between Creation and Science, but I never thought there would be a real Hasid on my side of it!

Chazak, chazak, v'nitchazek, Zoo Rabbi!

Thank you so much for posting this. I'd never have seen it and it makes my day.


I did not realize that Orthodox Judaism embraced the "young earth" creationism, too. It is ironic that this speculation of an Anglican bishop has now been embraced by the otherwise most disparate reaches of Protestant, Jewish, and Catholic thought, while it has been rejected to the point of ridicule in its original mainline home.


I've never been able to understand why evolution was so incompatible with religion.

What's so hard to believe about a God who created a universe that could grow and evolve with time?

In many ways, it plays into the idea of Man being created in God's image: we don't look so hot now, but who knows what we might evolve into some day if we follow God's plan. Isn't a constantly improving universe a greater tribute to God's skill than a static one?

I'm an atheist and perhaps not qualified to have an opinion, but it seems to me that the acceptance of evolution makes religion stronger, not weaker.

Tom Strong

Brilliant! Let's clone him.


Um, Richard Dawkins is only "one of the most visible contemporary scientists" because he is controversial and outspoken -- indeed is a bugbear of the religious and fundamentalists in particular.

Surely there is a well-regarded, eloquent, religious scientist who could spend his or her time writing articles to shake the foundations of atheism.

But maybe that person just has more productive ways to spend their time.

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