This famous debate, as much as any single event or idea, hammered the first real wedge that began to split apart science and religion.
Truth be told, though, Darwin never quite quit religion. He recognized the social usefulness of the local parish and supported his throughout his life.
But evolution? Now that’s a horse of a different color. Any Londoner wealthy enough to purchase a copy of Origin and educated enough to understand it would nod in agreement with Darwin.
The crown of creation philosophy, still prevalent today, is Natural Theology which seeks to prove God’s existence and to discover his character through nature.
While Darwin huddled up in his study, gently coddling his theory of evolution like a rare pigeon for twenty years, another man, Alfred Russel Wallace, was sweating and traipsing through the South American and Asian countryside.
This is Part 13 of a series of approximately sixty posts that outline evidence, support, and explanations for evolution. Receive updates and notification of all posts from dennismitton.com by selecting the follow button on the sidebar of any page. Thanks! Copyright Dennis Mitton The Young Darwin I’ll put it on the table right away: people […]
Rejecting catastrophism, he saw all life forms represented in a straight vertical line moving increasingly toward ‘perfection’.