1876: DARWIN ON THE GOSPELS: In his autobiography Darwin dismissed the Old Testament and then went on to attack the Gospels:
“By further reflecting that the clearest evidence would be requisite to make any sane man believe in the miracles by which Christianity is supported,—that the more we know of the fixed laws of nature the more incredible do miracles become,—that the men at that time were ignorant and credulous to a degree almost incomprehensible by us,—that the Gospels cannot be proved to have been written simultaneously with the events,—that they differ in many important details, far too important as it seemed to me to be admitted as the usual inaccuracies of eyewitnesses;—by such reflections as these, which I give not as having the least novelty or value, but as they influenced me, I gradually came to disbelieve in Christianity as a divine revelation.”
Nora Barlow, ed. The autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809-1882: with original omissions restored. New York, W.W. Norton, 1969, p86
ED. COM. Darwin’s claim that the Gospel recordings of the memories of the disciples, who were actually there, “cannot be proved to have been written simultaneously with the events,” should expose a major flaw in his own theory, written millions of years after supposed yet unseen events by a non-witness.
Evangelical Church leaders who claim that Creation, Noah’s Flood and the Tower of Babel are not salvation issues should take note of Darwin’s experience. Having rejected the foundation on which the New Testament is built, i.e. the original good creation, God’s judgement, and mankind’s inability to save himself as set out in the Old Testament, Darwin now rejects the good news (gospel) of the Creator coming to earth, showing His divine power and goodness in the miracles and dying to pay the penalty of our rebellion against Him. (Ref. theistic evolution, Scriptures Genesis, philosophy, worldview)
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