While many people are observing the birthday of Abe Lincoln, let’s not forget that today also marked the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin.
It’s more than probable (indeed quite certain) that his theory of natural selection would have emerged under the aegis of another intrepid author, but doubtful that it would have ever been expressed so compellingly with such delightful eloquence and reverent spirituality.
Update: Wingnuts are, if nothing else, persistent blighters. A Christian ministry called Answers in Genesis is holding anti-Darwin conferences this month, aimed at helping Americans “understand that Darwinian evolution is wrong and that it has undermined the Christian faith and has fueled social ills like racism and abortion” and, rather than commemorating Darwin’s discoveries, are instead encouraging
sheep people to “celebrate our Creator who made the universe, life, and humanity in six literal days according to His Word.”