By Allene S. Phy Olsen Ph.D.

ISBN-10: 031337841X

ISBN-13: 9780313378416

ISBN-10: 0313378428

ISBN-13: 9780313378423

This paintings of old exploration examines America's conflicts because it has tried to take care of its founding ideas of freedom of inspiration and separation of church and country, whereas however last the main usually non secular of recent nations.

• an summary bankruptcy providing an in depth historic account of the controversy among technology and religion

• An annotated part entitled "Personalities," introducing readers to the main full of life and critical personalities enthusiastic about this debate

• a completely annotated bibliography directory the main important and on hand assets for college students gaining knowledge of the topic

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Furthermore, Americans quickly seized upon evolutionary ideas as a threat to sound education and good behavior. Critics questioned how children could be prevented from behaving like monkeys if taught they were related to them. The fact that Darwin never taught or believed that humans were descendants of monkeys was irrelevant, so distorted were his writings in the popular mind. In Australia, Dr. 4 Darwin’s second important publication, The Descent of Man, was, of course, more troubling than his first, which had made some concessions to religious sensibilities.

Species might vary, as in farm breeding, but within well known limits. Evolution was further associated in the popular mind with revolution, and England feared the sort of turmoil that French society had endured. Theories that removed God from the scene were not popular, because they were too reminiscent of the revolutionary thinking of French philosophers. Darwin generously credited his predecessors, tried to correct their limitations, and openly acknowledged the gaps in his own theory. He had carefully accumulated his facts, anticipating objections sure to be made and questions that would be asked.

He was also one of the first to speak of species as clearly defined breeding groups. About the same time, an astronomer, Pierre Laplace, suggested that everything came from a nebular cloud. Laplace was a Deist who believed God had created the cosmos so skillfully that he did not need to constantly manage it. Thus, the 18th-century intellectuals had already introduced theories that strongly differed from the biblical account of creation, though millions of religious people were still untouched by them.

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