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The person who made this video clearly points out some of the most ‘shocking’ Bible verses. We can all agree that any believer out there who somehow finds this video will immediately reject them or say something in the lines of, ‘You’ve taken it out of context.‘
Creationism. Not the right word to start a post about Charles Darwin with. Unfortunately there’s an extremely big amount of misconceptions flying around the creationist atmosphere that it is hard not to bump into one of them. I’ll try to clear out another one of those which is about Darwin’s beliefs. You can find all sources at the bottom of this post.
I have frequently encountered the claim that Darwin was an atheist who set out to disprove God. That’s why we should reject evolution. How many times do we need to make this clear? Never in history has any scientist done anything in the name of disproving something that hasn’t been proven in the first place. This is a bizarre claim that Darwin himself would probably come back from the grave to debunk it.
Before I go further into Darwin’s personal beliefs, I’d like to point out that those claims are an ad hominem fallacy. Whether or not the theory is right or wrong has to be determined by the evidence, not the beliefs of its most well-known founder. By the way, Alfred Russell Wallace independently developed the same theory.
Moving on. Before becoming a naturalist, Darwin was training to become a clergyman. When he set out on his journey on the HMS Beagle (the voyage where he would make his discoveries), he still considered himself to be a christian and he believed much of the Bible.
“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.”
Yes, his views did change after the voyage but he had no intentions towards the Almighty. Later in his life, he rejected his fundamentalist upbringing, however this doesn’t mean one bit that he set sail against God. His goal was never to discredit the Bible in any way. In fact, he was very uncertain about His existence. To quote Darwin from a letter to James Fordyce,
“What my own views may be is a question of no consequence to anyone but myself. But, as you asked, I may state that my judgment often fluctuates. . . In my most extreme fluctuations I have never been an Atheist in the sense of denying the existence of a God. I think that generally (and more and more as I grow older), but not always, that an Agnostic would be the more correct description of my state of mind.”
In his autobiography he himself says,
“I cannot pretend to throw the least light on such abstruse problems. The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an Agnostic.“
As you can see, the notion that Darwin wanted to discredit the Bible is wrong. But the fun doesn’t stop there. There are even claims that Darwin had a deathbed conversion during which he denounced evolution. How can you be so disrespectful, so utterly disgraceful towards another human being? Nothing could be more untrue and insulting. This has been debunk by historians not once. Darwin was fully committed to his theory and this abomination of a claim is incongruous with his written works. But even if this claim was true, it would have absolutely no bearing on the theory itself. I said it earlier, whether or not the theory is correct is determined by its own merits, not the credentials of the people who accept it.
In summary: agreeing or disagreeing with the theory has no effect on it. Darwin was undeniably a great scientists and a person who sought the truth, not a villain who wanted to pollute your delusion with lies (can’t miss the irony here).
I don’t want to comment on this. I will just let you experience it by yourself.
This is one of the most entertaining songs I’ve ever heard. It would be a sin not to listen to it.
It’s interesting how we perceive certain things and as we grow up and learn more they start to sound a bit scary. Words. I am talking about words. And in this case the word believe (and every other associate with it).
I guess ‘scary’ doesn’t quite describe it. It’s a bit harsh and on spot at the same time. How so? Well, the word believing has become something of a ‘bad word’ when it comes to science and philosophy. The reason behind this is, yes, you guessed it, religion. It has forced scientists and non-scientists to be careful when they use this word.
The same as in philosophy (but not as credible… I just had to say this: theology is to philosophy like astrology is to astronomy), in theology some words have a much deeper and/or more specific meaning. This has resulted an unwanted effect – the fear of using the word believe. It still might be confusing to why this is happening but it is very simple. Here’s an example: in philosophy the word being has a different meaning that the everyday use. In a sense it is everything there is. Being is synonymous with is, so saying ‘being is‘ is the same as saying ‘being being‘. But to an average person it all means nothing.
If you’ve spent as much time as I have around theists, you would understand the fear of using believe in your sentences. It is a pity that every time I use the word, I feel a bit scared. The fear is derived from the expectancy of ignorance on behalf of those who oppose my personal opinion. This may lead to strawmaning, misunderstandings, and the impenetrable logic of ‘WHAT?! YOU ‘BELIEVE’ IT? THAT MEANS YOU AREN’T SURE, THEREFORE YOU’RE WRONG!’ No matter the irony of the common believer. Or, ‘So you BELIEVE in this theory?’ [insert brutal facepalm picture here]
WE MUSTN’T SAY HIS NAM… Ugh, I mean THE WORD! Well, at least not in front of people who are religious.
For those who don’t have to deal with this subject everything is fine. You don’t need to worry. As for the rest of us, we could considered it an ‘occupational disability’.