Did the Devil Make Darwin Do It? Historical Perspectives on the Creation-Evolution Controversy

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Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, Vol: 89, Issue: 2, Page: 46-49

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Wilson, David B.
Evolution; scientific creation; Charles Darwin; Britain
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The 19th century witnessed a conceptual revolution of the 1st magnitude, not only in biology but also in geology, theology, philosophy, Biblical studies, and physics. This paper sketches these intellectual developments in Britain as they shaped and were shaped by the ideas of Charles Darwin. From this perspective, the paper comments on aspects of the current creation-evolution controversy, including the creationist suggestion that scientists accepted the theory of evolution because Satan persuaded them to do so.