Darwinism: A Clash of Science and Religion

by Mylene Almeida November 24, 2015 0 Comments

On the summer of 2013 my husband and I had the pleasure of visiting England for the first time. Perhaps pleasure is too tepid a word to describe how incredibly exciting our trip was.

The list of places we visited is rather long, but there was one place in particular that we found otherworldly, and that was Darwin's home, otherwise known as Down House. Presently, Down House houses a museum of everything and anything Darwin related. It was truly magical, almost like stepping back in time, to walk through the same rooms, stairs, and passages as Darwin did almost 150 years ago.

 The garden, backyard, kitchen, and everything in between breathed old country and possessed an aura of pleasantry and tranquility. Amidst the beauty in the images below, I started to ponder on evolution and religion, and why, instead of constantly pitting one against the other, we refuse to come to the realization that they are one and the same.

Home of Charles Darwin - Down House
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It is common knowledge that Charles Darwin struggled deeply with the clash of science and religion. The logic of the evidence around him was impossible to ignore, yet he found it difficult to let go of the prevalent notion of a creator and its creation as portrayed in the Bible. Science had the upper hand with Darwin, but it is hard to think that he did not go to his grave with doubts and perhaps even resentments.

Charles Darwin Evolution Literary Print

If he did, and he is still listening somewhere in Dante's Divine Comedy, I'd like to tell him this: You made the right choice, because you made it possible for people like me to admire nature and its ability to evolve through the lenses of both science and religion, which yields an even higher and deeper appreciation for everything that is. No one has said it better than Thomas Paine in "The Age of Reason":

"Do we want to contemplate his power? We see it in the immensity of the creation. Do we want to contemplate his wisdom? We see it in the unchangeable order by which the incomprehensible Whole is governed. Do we want to contemplate his munificence? We see it in the abundance with which he fills the earth. Do we want to contemplate his mercy? We see it in his not withholding that abundance even from the unthankful. In fine, do we want to know what God is? Search not the book called the scripture, which any human hand might make, but the scripture called the Creation."

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