Posted by: Rob Lester | April 27, 2010

Would Darwin’s questioning mind be tolerated today?

2009 marked the 150th anniversary of the pivotal book, Origin of Species. Charles Darwin’s theory is celebrated as one of science’s greatest moments, but Darwin himself saw it differently.  He was reluctant to publish his findings for 20 years and said when he finally did that it was “like confessing a murder.”  He understood that it would stand modern scientific theory on its head.  A Newsweek article from July 7-14, 2008 reads, “This questioning spirit is one of the most appealing facets of Darwin’s character.  Reading Origin of Species you feel as though he is addressing you as an equal…never bullying…always willing to admit what he does not know or understand.  When he poses a question…he seems genuinely to want to know the answer…his character [was] generous, open minded, and always respectful of those who he knew would disagree with him.”  In this article, Darwin is hailed as a genius for questioning and challenging current established scientific thought.  Modern evolutionists are very unlike their hero.  Richard Dawkins, for instance, offers this tolerant assessment, “It is absolutely safe to say that, if you meet someone who claims not to believe in [Darwin’s theory of] evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid, or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that).”  How very far the apple has fallen from the tree.

“Who Was More Important: Lincoln or Darwin?” by Malcom Jones. Newsweek July 7-14, 2008.

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  1. Very nice article. But to clarify, I believe it was Richard Dawkins, not Charles, who made the offensive assessment of those of us to do not believe the failed, mid 19th theory of evolution.

    • Thank you so much, Steve, for the correction. I am more than a little embarassed I didn’t catch that before now. Yes, it was indeed Richard “the God-Hater” Dawkins who made the slur against those daring to dissent against particles-to-people evolution. I suppose, in my mind, I combined the two people. Oops.


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