Darwin’s birthday

Charles Darwin was born 200 years ago, and published On the Origin of Species 150 years ago this year.  Some people believe it is as an important contribution to our understanding of biology as Newton’s and Galileo’s theories are to our understanding of our place in the universe.

Others are horrified by the continued assault on humankind’s position at the very center of the universe.  For some, God’s care for his creatures cannot survive this dethronement and so reject the theory of evolution on religious grounds, just as many rejected Galileo’s theories four hundred years ago.

For myself, I doubt God is as limited as we sometimes assume with our limitied ability to imagine what God has in mind or may be able to do.

What I like about Darwin’s theory is that it makes it stunningly clear that we humans belong here – on this earth, in this universe.  This is our home, where God, if you will, has brought us.

Even if it is a much bigger home than most people ever imagined.


About Terry Sissons

Terry Sissons is the author of The Big Bang to Now: All of Time in Six Chunks, and this blog is a dialogue about the universe and what’s happened in the last 13 billions years.
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