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1876: DARWIN ON THE OLD TESTAMENT

1876: DARWIN ON THE OLD TESTAMENT: In his autobiography Darwin describes his loss of trust in the Bible over the years as he worked on his evolutionary theory:
“Whilst on board the Beagle I was quite orthodox, and I remember being heartily laughed at by several of the officers (though themselves orthodox) for quoting the Bible as an unanswerable authority on some point of morality. I suppose it was the novelty of the argument that amused them. But I had gradually come, by this time, to see that the Old Testament from its manifestly false history of the world, with the Tower of Babel, the rainbow as a sign, etc., etc., and from its attributing to God the feelings of a revengeful tyrant, was no more to be trusted than the sacred books of the Hindoos, (sic) or the beliefs of any barbarian.”
Nora Barlow, ed. The autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809-1882: with original omissions restored. New York, W.W. Norton, 1969, p85

ED. COM. “Manifestly false” is Darwin’s description of the Scriptures. Not metaphor or useful symbolism with theological truth. Darwin, who was trained in theology, did not indulge in any of the modern-day doublespeak by theologians who claim Genesis and evolution tell the same story. Darwin knew very well they didn’t, and because he believed his theory was true, he consistently also believed the Old Testament was false. (Ref. theistic evolution, Scriptures Genesis, philosophy, world-view)

Darwin’s writings, including several editions of the Origin of Species and his many other books and articles which are available from The Complete Works of Charles Darwin at: http://darwin-online.org.uk

Evidence News, 16 December 2009

 

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