by Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

A senior cleric of the Church of England wants his church to apologize to Charles Darwin in time for the observance of the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth next year.  The Rev. Dr. Malcolm Brown, Director of Mission and Public Affairs for the church, made his case in an article entitled, “Good Religion Needs Good Science,” published in a special new section of the Church of England’s official Web site.

“Charles Darwin: 200 years from your birth, the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still,” Brown wrote.  “We try to practice the old virtues of ‘faith seeking understanding’ and hope that makes some amends.”

Apologize to Charles Darwin?  The Church of England may well need to apologize, but not to Charles Darwin.  If anything, the church needs to apologize for its rightful embarrassment in considering an apology to Darwin.  But, it seems, this church is not embarrassed.

Dr. Brown apparently is a big believer in Darwin’s theory of natural selection.  “Subsequent generations have built on Darwin’s work but have not significantly undermined his fundamental theory of natural selection,” he insists.  “There is nothing here that contradicts Christian teaching.”

Well, Charles Darwin sure thought that the theory of natural selection contradicted Christian teaching.  But, then again, he may have had a better understanding of Christian teaching than Dr. Brown….

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