Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Relevant as Ever

There is a grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. --Charles Darwin, The Origin of the Species
As Dr. Charles F. Urbanowicz notes, a reference to God was only added later and, as Martin Gardner points out "to conciliate angry clerics."

Therefore, creationists and theistic evolutionists who attempt to enlist Darwin's support these days need to do their research properly and alter their arguments, so they're not misleading folks unfamiliar with Darwin. Here's a creationist who gets it.

Oh, and Darwin's so-called deathbed conversion? Urban legend.

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