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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Did Darwin know he would destroy Biblical Christianity when he set out to prove his theory of evolution?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    He would?

    I didn't realize the Theory of Evolution would be enough to DESTROY Christianity.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No, he did not even try to destroy christian beliefs at all with his theory, but he is successful in provoking deeper thoughts on the bases of faith on one hand, and on the bases of scientific inquiry on the other. Both have its own way and mutually enrich each other. The lack of scientific evidence that man comes from apes in certain way strengthen faith in the very nature of man as the image of God.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    He struggled with the implications of his findings for years. He only published when he did because Wallace was threatening to beat him to it with his own work on evolution, based on the similar conclusions of his own independent researches - exactly as Newton and Leibniz both came up with the calculus independently at roughly the same time.

    Contrary to what "Christians" would like to believe, these were not "wicked" men seeking to turn people from the faith; they were simply honest investigators of nature who refused to prevaricate on the conclusions of their research, even if that meant contradicting the "literalist" interpretation of Scripture.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I don't believe that was his purpose--until he began that path, he believed that the complexity of life implied there must have been a designer. There is no reason why Christians can't accept his theories and still be true to the Bible, if they are willing to re-examine overly literal emphases that have been passed down from previous church leaders based on lack of scientific knowledge.

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  • He certainly worried about the effect of his theory on societal thinking. But his wife remained a christian - he could see (if he gave it much thought) that belief in Christ isn't based on animal development theories, but on the teaching of Christ and what Christ is believed to have accomplished via the cross.

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  • 1 decade ago

    He didn't destroy Biblical Christianity. And he didn't prove his stupid theory, either. Neither can anyone else.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    One does not prove a theory, one verifies it. One sets out to prove or disprove a hypothesis; a theory is something that arises from a hypothesis that already has a great deal of proof behind it.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Biblical Christianity is finished. There are probably more Christians who are offended by their own Bible than born-again evangelicals.

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  • neil s
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    1 decade ago

    As a scientist, hopefully he was more interested i the truth than upholding or damaging a dogma. The fact that the Bible cannot be reconciled with evolutionary science is not his, or any scientists concern.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Dear,

    Darwin is no God. Darwin is a man like you and me. If human live and die, human is no God. God never die and live forever and ever after and beyond eternity. That's God who created from nothing to something and create without reference.

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