Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Church of England apologizes to Darwin ...

... sort of.

From Episcopal Life Online:

A spokesman for the Church of England has said the church misunderstood Charles Darwin's work nearly 150 years ago and that "by getting our first reaction wrong," has continued an on-going misunderstanding.

At the end of an essay titled "Good religion needs good science," the Rev. Dr. Malcolm Brown, the Church of England director of mission and public affairs, addressed Darwin directly, saying that nearly 200 years after his birth "the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still."

"We try to practice the old virtues of 'faith seeking understanding' and hope that makes some amends," Brown wrote. "But the struggle for your reputation is not over yet, and the problem is not just your religious opponents but those who falsely claim you in support of their own interests. Good religion needs to work constructively with good science -- and I dare to suggest that the opposite may be true as well."

Read the rest here ... kind of interesting, what with Creationism being back in the news and all!


Erp said...

So where do Akinole et al. stand on evolution?

I must admit the apology is a bit odd considering that Darwin is buried in Westminster Abbey.

Jim of L-Town said...

Dear Rev. Russell:

I'm sure Darwin appreciates the apology. What a ridiculous waste of time.
I think I'll apologize publicly to my long dead great-great grandfather for not following his footsteps in the buggy whip business.
I feel better already.

A sinner saved by God's Grace

Jim of Michigan