12 February 2009

Darwin's 200th Birthday (And Abrham Lincoln's)

"He [Charles Darwin] was a Christian and yes, he did lose his faith. But he was never an atheist. He engaged in religious debate with friends but confessed to being in a hopeless “muddle”. He agonised over whether the exquisite beauty of life on earth was worth the pain of natural selection. He hated religious controversy and was deeply respectful of others’ views. He took upon himself the duties of a country parson whilst living at Downe and contributed to the South American Missionary Society."

I once "lost my faith" too - in Darwinist theory. As a former Darwinist and agnostic, I found this piece regarding Charles Darwin rather interesting. Those who embrace Darwinist theory will ultimately, like Darwin, face a number of contradictions.

In nature, force rules. The strong eat the weak. "In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals. . ." ~ Charles Darwin

What would logic dictate for mankind? How does one reconcile natural selection with the morality of the Darwinist? What is the source of morality for the Darwinist? Nature? Can one embrace the "science" of Darwinism and the morality of Christianity? Not without contradictions.

It's interesting to note, as this piece points out, that Darwin was not as convinced of his own theories as modern "science" is today. The objection that many liberals have of teaching intelligent design in public schools and colleges reveals that, perhaps, they too are not as confident of their own beliefs as they would have us believe. What are they afraid of?


Pam Walter said...

"What are they afraid of?" -- a very good question. I would highly recommend the movie "Expelled" by Ben Stein for an excellent explanation of where this kind of thinking might lead. www.satisfiedsole.com

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hi Pam. Yes, my son and I watched that film not too long ago. Revealing, isn't it? Free speech and diversity doesn't seem to apply when you challenge the status quo of Darwinism.