Darwin and Darwinism 150 years later
In 1859 Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: or, the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. It has affected the worldview of generations since encouraging them to think that they are the products of chance random process that ultimately have no reason for existence. The book has had an incredible effect on western society and has never been out of print since the first edition of 1,250 copies was sold out the first day. Why was the Origin of Species so popular? There can be no reason other than the UK public were ready to embrace an alternative to the biblical creation account. The new spirit of the age was one of unbelief even although there were religious revivals in Scotland and Ireland about that time. There are two strands to Darwinism. The first is that all life evolved over long time periods from a single prototype cell. The other is the notion of 'natural selection'. This book reviews Charles Darwin's religious ideas and questions his evolutionary claims in the light and authority of the Bible which sets forth a worldview consistent with faith in God.
About the Authors:
Ian McNaughton was converted when 19 years old after attending his local church for several years, following which he studied theology at the Free Church of Scotland College, Edinburgh, gaining their post-graduate Diploma in Theology and subsequently gaining a Master of Theology degree in Historical Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania, USA. He has served as a pastor in FIEC Churches for over thirty years and is now pastor of West Worthing Evangelical Church, West Sussex. He and his wife, Violet, have one adult son, Mark.
Paul Taylor spent seventeen years teaching science in state schools, eventually becoming a Head of Department, and gaining a Masters degree in Science Education at Cardiff University. He became a Christian in his late teens. His first book, Just Six Days, arranged contemporary creationist thinking into biblical order as a commentary of Genesis chapters 1 to 11. Paul joined the Answers in Genesis (UK/Europe) in August 2005 as a writer and speaker. He is a regular contributor to the AiG website and Answers Magazine and is busy writing numerous articles, many of which are published in various Christian magazines. Paul is also an engaging speaker, and has made several TV and radio appearances, debating leading evolutionists.