Darwin's Origin of the Species: Then and Now
Looks at the debate, especially in the area of religious belief, surrounding Charles Darwin's theory of the origin of the species, which continues into the present time.
# 146003 | 1,215 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 |
Published on Dec 12, 2010 in History (Religion) , Philosophy (Science) , Religion and Theology (General) , Biology (General)
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This paper contends that, 200 years after the birth of Charles Darwin, the conflict between creationism and evolutionism, which commenced with the publishing of his theory of the origin of the species, is more controversial today than it was 150 years ago. Next, the author reviews the history of this debate including newspaper articles from the 1880s, the 1920s Scopes "Monkey Trial" and a recent survey of British adults asked about evolution. The paper concludes that, with all the major issues of today, this debate is inconsequential because, without a doubt, a person can believe in both natural selection and God at the same time.
From the Paper:"The article also discusses the scientist John Tyndall, who with others in the British Advancement for the Society of Scientists, strongly supported Darwin. If it is admitted that matter has power attributed to it, where did it get that power? There can only be one answer, or the existence of a Divine Being. Similarly, if it is assumed that matter has developed into form and life, it regulates its procedure through by following certain determined laws. Where did these laws come from, if not from the Divine Being? In fact, doesn't the theory of natural selection actually give God greater credence and power."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Butt, Riazat. 1, February 2009. Half of Britons do not believe in evolution, survey finds. U.K. Guardian.Science section. 7, March, 2009. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/feb/01/evolution-darwin-survey-creationism
- English Church Quarterly, July 1882 "Charles Darwin and Evolution" and "The Province of Skepticism and the Limits of Free Thought".
- New York Times September 5, 1874. Front Page. Origin of Man: Nature of the Discussion Creation or Evolution. Questions Suggested-Distinction.
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