Sunday, March 06, 2011
[the messiah of science]
Charles Darwin was the founder of a popular modern religion known as atheism. While it is true that atheists existed before Darwin, however Darwin made atheism respectable and popular. Richard Dawkins has written "atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist".
Who exactly was this man?
Charles Darwin was born in 1809 into a wealthy English family. He lived his entire life as an idle gentleman and never worked. Regarding his personality, he was polite, loyal and honest. He was a quiet man who was often sick with some unidentifiable digestive illness. He was married to his wife Emma from age 30 until his death 43 years later. They parented ten children, three of whom died in childhood or infancy. His only known vice seems to have been an obsession with shooting birds in his late teens and early twenties.
As far as education is concerned, Darwin received an ordinary degree from Cambridge University in 1831. This seems to have been something equivalent to a modern day American high school diploma. In 1853 Darwin was awarded the Royal Society's Royal Medal for two of his works: Geological Observations and A monograph on the fossil Lepadidæ. These were not earth shattering publications, however I believe that this medal for original research would qualify as the equivalent of a PhD in paleontology today.
As far as intelligence is concerned, I don't know of any evidence that Darwin was above average.
The reason why anyone today has heard of Darwin is because of a tragedy which occurred in 1851 - Darwin's ten year old daughter Anne died. Darwin until then had been basically a liberal Protestant. After this tragedy, the most painful in Darwin's life, he came to hate God. "What a book a Devil’s chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering low & horridly cruel works of nature!" he would write in 1856. At last, in 1859, Darwin published the Origin of Species, the first book ever published by someone with real scientific credentials which suggested (although he still dared not state it explicitly) that life could, in essence, just create itself, no God needed.
In my humble opinion his arguments for evolution are no more or less convincing than arguments made by other men, just as bright and educated, for Christianity, Islam or Communism for example. Darwin's substitution of evolution for the Biblical God is grasped by scientists and hedonists for obvious self serving reasons. For the scientist, evolution meant that scientists are no longer merely studying God's handiwork while the clergy studies God Himself, making scientists naturally inferior to the clergy. Now scientists are of supreme importance. For the hedonist, evolution was (pardon the expression) a godsend. Without the Biblical God or an afterlife, everything is permitted.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 2:22 PM