Darwin was right about Christianity
‘I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother, and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine.’
Charles Darwin penned his memoirs between the ages of 67 and 73, finishing the main text in 1876. These memoirs were published posthumously in 1887 by his family under the title Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, with his hardest-hitting views on religion excised.
Only in 1958 did Darwin’s granddaughter Nora Barlow publish The Autobiography of Charles Darwin 1809-1822 with original omissions restored, including the above quote.
Darwin’s birthday today – he was born on February 12, 1809 – inspired our very own Shell Fisher to create the image below.
Meanwhile, an increasingly hysterical Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis decided to mark Darwin’s birthday with a “Darwin Was Wrong Day“, saying:
Secularists are becoming increasingly aggressive and intolerant in promoting their anti-God philosophy. Evolutionary ideas provide the foundation for this worldview because they seemingly allow mankind the ability to explain the existence of life and the universe without God.
As Christians, we need to be bold in proclaiming the truth of God’s Word to a hurting (groaning, Romans 8:22) world.
This year, on February 12, instead of celebrating Darwin’s anti-God religion, we can take this opportunity to show the world that Darwin’s ideas about our supposed evolutionary origins were wrong, and that God’s Word is true, from the very beginning. Let’s make February 12 Darwin Was Wrong Day and point people to the truth of God’s Word.
The demented Ham said here that he decided to create “Darwin was Wrong” day in response to a resolution introduced to the United States House of Representatives that seeks support to have February 12 recognised nationwide as “Darwin Day:”
This is reportedly an attempt to recognize ‘Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on which to focus and around which to build a global celebration of science and humanity intended to promote a common bond among all of Earth’s peoples’.
This follows on the heels of an announcement that Delaware governor Jack Markell has announced ‘Charles Darwin Day’ in the state of Delaware. This day will be ‘a time to reflect and celebrate the importance of [Darwin’s] scientific achievements’.
Governor Markell and the state of Delaware are not the first to celebrate Darwin on February 12. Many secularists, and sadly even many churches, have commemorated Darwin’s birthday over the years with Darwin Day celebrations.
Let’s also remember that today also marks the birth in 1809 of America’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, who also held Christianity in contempt.
Among the words inscribed at the Lincoln Memorial are Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address, which, though full of conventional references to the “Almighty,” astutely observes of the North and the South:
Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged.
While Lincoln punctuated his eloquent speeches with deistic references to “Divine Providence”, in which he firmly believed, he was strongly rationalist and was not Christian.
In Life of Abraham Lincoln, which you can read in full here thanks to Project Gutenberg, Colonel Ward H. Lamon (a religionist and Lincoln’s longtime friend), wrote:
Mr. Lincoln was never a member of any Church, nor did he believe in the divinity of Christ, or the inspiration of the Scriptures in the sense understood by evangelical Christians. When a boy, he showed no sign of that piety which his many biographers ascribe to his manhood.
When he went to church at all, he went to mock, and came away to mimic. When he came to New Salem, he consorted with Freethinkers, joined with them in deriding the gospel story of Jesus, read Volney and Paine, and then wrote a deliberate and labored essay, wherein he reached conclusions similar to theirs.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn (Answers in Genesis)