Charles Darwin

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Darwin, his theory of evolution in 2009 was in the spotlight. For some, the theory of evolution seems today so common that they hardly attract attention. For others, the impression is that the debate is raging in full force, especially in the US.

Public Debate

In 1991, the American lawyer Philip Johnson denounced the theory of evolution in his book "Darwin on Trial", and thus it gave a big boost to the public debate, a debate that he even encourages. Several years later, in 1996, brought the molecular biologist, Michael Behe, the enormous complexity of the living cell to the attention of the general public, with his sensational book "Darwin's Black Box". Meanwhile originated the intelligent design movement in the US, which is also known in The Netherlands.

But proponents of the theory, and especially some atheists, were very active these past few decades in propagating the theory of evolution. In his book "The Blind Watchmaker" kept the English biologist Richard Dawkins, in 1986 an impassioned plea for the neo-Darwinism, which he calls an express train to atheism. And Belgium withdrew the Ghent philosopher Johan Braeckman, a few years ago also an atheistic conclusion in his book "Darwin's murder confessions".


On ideology no shortage, especially when it comes to the question of our origins. But much more than ideological controversial is the scientific theory of evolution actually paradoxical. The last 150 years growing evidence were in fact found in favor of the theory. Yet, strangely, at the same time increasing evidence was found in the disadvantage of the theory. A balanced approach is therefore in place. We will also see how to understand these seemingly contradictory trends by first understanding the foundation of the theory of evolution well.

A paradox which incidentally is not new. In the introduction to his book "The Origin of Species," Darwin wrote in 1859: "I realize only too well that what is discussed in this book hardly a single point, which no facts can be adduced that often lead to seemingly opposite conclusions than mine. "

If we look at the results of the last few decades, it seems that Darwin's introductory remarks today again topical. The extent to which Darwin had it right? To you self to draw a conclusion ...


Source: Darwinisme