Darwin, born in Shrewsbury, England, on February 12, 1809. In 1831, he embarked on a five-year survey voyage around the world on the HMS Beagle.
His studies of specimens around the globe led him to formulate his theory of evolution and his views on the process of natural selection.
What did Darwin Do?
Darwin put forward one of the founding theories for Evolution. Our understanding of evolution has grown and as such the overall theory has evolved itself.
Evolution happens, the theory is what explains it. Creationists often like to quote (or should I say misquote and misrepresent) Darwin. There is some absurd belief that Darwin is some sort of prophet to Atheists/”Evolutionists“. I’ve had them quote/misquote other folks in the atheist community such as Dawkins, Hawking and Harris as if they are definitive of what atheism is.
What is Atheism?
Atheism, whilst polysemous, is defined as a lack of belief, or disbelief that God exists (for more info in the evolution of the term click here). It is not a choice, it is the logical conclusion to unsupported claims of any god’s existence. There are no tenants, no dogma, no “way of life”. All atheists are different, with varying levels of intelligence, knowledge, morality, and so on. We (at least most of the ones I’ve met/spoken to) don’t automatically accept what Dawkins says like a Catholic might the pope or a Creationist might Ken Ham. Atheists don’t have leaders that we follow without question. Research is examined, which is usually peer-reviewed by other great minds, and draw conclusions from it. That may be a sweeping statement about both sides. I am sure there are Catholics that disagree with the pope or creationists that disagree with Ken Ham, although I have yet to meet them. (That said, there are also ideological atheists that do try to make atheism more than simply a belief position in regards to god)
Science is ever-changing as we learn more. If Darwin had had the technology and backing scientists have today, perhaps he would have developed his theory further. Never the less, he provided us with some keen insight into evolution and it is a shame that his work is being misrepresented and his life being misquoted in an attempt to debunk evolution.
Below is a selection of meme’s created by Lord Cropes to provide fast rebuttal on these Darwinian misquotes.
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You might also hear a creationist try and say things like “that’s not evolution that’s adaption” – which is an argument from ignorance. Adaption IS part of Evolution. Tonnes of small changes over time till speciation occurs. These are commonly referred to as Macro and Micro Evolution.
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