October 23, 2008
To the Editor,
Clergy are being asked to climb on board the Darwin train (Time-Tested, Oct. 22). Interestingly, Darwin tried the same approach, and gave up. He knew opposition would come from the church, and needed to take some God-fearing allies on board. But when American botanist, Asa Gray, tried to inject God into Darwin’s theory, the Englishman would hear nothing of it. Gray was a huge fan, but he recognized a fatal flaw: there was no way to get new variations. Nature could only select what was already there; it couldn’t make new species. That’s a problem for a book titled “The Origin of Species.” Gray’s solution was simple: make God do what evolution could not.
Darwin was no atheist, but he had no room for a meddlesome God. Compromise was not an option. Conservative religious leaders in the U.S. agreed. The seeds of American resistance took root, and held fast. The arrival of genetics and the expansion of fossil data did nothing to help. There was still no room for God.
Darwinian evolution is a doctrine of naturalism, and will never find a happy traveling companion among the proponents of a distinctly Christian world view.
Alkire Road Church of Christ
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