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Friday, 23 January 2009 21:11

Darwin developed evolution based on anti-slavery

According to the new book about Charles Darwin ("Darwin's Sacred Cause"), the main reason why he developed the controversial theory that all animals including humans evolved from a common ancestor was because of his hatred with the slavery of one group of humans by another group of humans.

The book—fully titled “Darwin’s Sacred Cause: How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin's Views on Human Evolution”—can be bought on Amazon.com and other online book sellers, along with your favorite brick-and-mortar store.

According to the Friday, January 23, 2009 Reuters article “Hatred of slavery drove Darwin ideas, book says,” the new book by authors Adrian Desmond and James Moore is expected “… to be one of the most controversial [books], because it explores what they call Darwin's humanitarianism and challenges the notion that his conclusions were the result of pure scientific pursuit.”

Within the Reuters article, Adrian Desmond is quoted: "There's got to be reasons why he came to common descent images of evolution when there was no precedent for that in the zoological science of his day. It comes out of anti-slavery.”

The year 2009 is the bicentennial (200th) year of the birth of Charles Darwin (February 12, 1809-April 1882).

And, the year 2009 is the 150th anniversary year (1859) of the publication of the book “On the Origin of Species” by English naturalist Charles Darwin.

The author Desmond adds, "No one doubts that the Galapagos Islands, mockingbirds, the giant ground sloths and the giant tortoises were absolutely fundamental to his views and what he was interested in.”

And, "But you have to look at some sort of marshalling principle. Every ship carried more than one naturalist generally in those days -- why did none of them come to this kind of common descent view and yet most of them had seen exactly the same evidence?"

Page two continues with an interesting article about Darwin's theory of natural selection from ChristianityToday.com

The book “Darwin’s Sacred Cause” by Desmond and Moore is published by Penguin imprint Allen Lane.

An interesting recent article on Charles Darwin, based on the publication of this new book, is by ChristianityToday.com. It is entitled “The Evolution of Darwin: The scientist's problem with God did not spring from his theory.”

An excerpt from the article states, “It is perhaps the most controversial book of the past millennium, and the work that has since made Darwin the patron saint of modern atheism. According to Richard Dawkins in The Blind Watchmaker, ‘Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.’”

It goes on, however, to say, “So does a belief in evolution automatically lead to disbelief in God? Actually, Darwin didn't think that.”

Please read this article in further detail.

In addition, “The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online" appears on the Web by Darwin Online.

Whether you agree or disagree with the conclusions of Charles Darwin, he made a dramatic impact in the religious and scientific development of the human species.

Darwin also made, and continues to make, great impacts in other areas of human culture and society.

Page three defines both religion and evolution, and asks if you really know what both mean to you and others.

Cecil M. Lewis, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma (OU, Norman), stated, “One of the things that Darwin really did is put humans in the natural order of things.” [The Norman Transcript: “OU to focus on Darwin in 2009”]

He added, "Darwin put a lot of the pieces of the puzzle together…” that scientists had gathered over the years.

Lewis is spearheading a year-long celebration commemorating the birth of Darwin and this publication of “Origin of Species.”

He commented that the events planned at the University of Oklahoma are the largest of its kind because of the overwhelming response from the different departments of learning at the educational institution.

He quipped—for a lack of a better term—that the events “just evolved from there.”

If you don’t believe in evolution, or only believe it half-heartedly, it could help you understand better your views if you read about the theory of evolution, which is defined in Wikipedia.com as:

”In biology, evolution is change in the inherited traits of a population of organisms from one generation to the next.”

It is defined in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, according to the subject of this article, as:

4 a: the historical development of a biological group (as a race or species) : PHYLOGENY b: a theory that the various types of animals and plants have their origin in other preexisting types and that the distinguishable differences are due to modifications in successive generations ; also : the process described by this theory
6: a process in which the whole universe is a progression of interrelated phenomena”

Page four continues in a similar vein, now with religion.

If you don’t believe in religion, or only believe it half-heartedly, it could help you understand better your views if you read about religion.

Religion is defined in Wikipedia.com as:

“A religion is a set of stories, symbols, beliefs and practices, often with a supernatural quality, that give meaning to the practitioner's experiences of life through reference to an ultimate power or reality.”

It is defined in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, according to the subject of this article, as:

1 a: the state of a religious <a nun in her 20th year of religion> b (1): the service and worship of God or the supernatural (2): commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance.”
2: a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
4: a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith”

We all can become better educated, and possibly even more tolerant of different groups of people, by learning the views of others, whether we believe them or not.

Darwin concluded in his book "Origin of Species": "There is 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."

Whether by God or by Nature, we are here.

We all should be here to support each other, and not to enslave one another.

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