Christinaity and Darwin

The only “damage” that Darwinism did to Christianity was that some of its implications were absorbed rather too rapidly into Victorian theology. It was felt that it lent support to the idea of the linear nature of human progress. Before then, mainline Christian theology accepted the world view of the early Church that human lives and history mirrored the seasons of nature (i.e. essentially circular). The self-confident 19th century British needed little encouragement to believe they were peak of human development and that all prior civilisations including that of Athens and Rome simply led to the splendours of Victorian London. That was not a terribly helpful theological development!


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