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Biology and Theology: Charles Darwin

Biology and Theology: Charles Darwin

I’m not particularly interested in the question of whether Darwin’s evolution is right or wrong, but a recent lecture I heard has brought to the forefront the consequences of his thought. Evolutionary biology, according to Darwin and his dependency upon capitalism and imperialism, contends that nature is marked by a universal, internal war via natural selection which results in an inevitable progress of life. Humanity is not exempt from this struggle, but it is the zenith of this process as the victor. Consequently, progress is to be found through this universal struggle for existence. We must struggle to attain what…

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Darwin’s Daughter and The Question Beneath The Question

Darwin’s Daughter and The Question Beneath The Question

A theology of glory strikes again: in an interview on NPR, Randal Keynes, the great-great grandson of Charles Darwin, talks about the events preceding the publication of On the Origin of Species (major ht JD).

You may have known this already, but Charles and Emma Darwin had a daughter named Annie who suffered from a terminal illness, likely tuberculosis. Darwin was extremely upset when she died. Emma Darwin was a devout Unitarian and believed her faith would allow her to see Annie in the afterlife. The author frames the story of the Origin of Species as a tale of one man’s…

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