by John Henson
Charles Darwin, writer of “The Origin of Species,” is generally credited with the brilliance behind the theory of evolution. But, it is clear from letters he has written that he had contradictions in thought that, if largely known, might have disqualified his ideas.
In a letter to William Graham, on July 3, 1881, Darwin penned:
“But then with me the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy. Would any one trust in the convictions of a monkey’s mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?”
In a note to the author about this letter, Preacher Weylan Deaver wrote:
“The point I would take from Darwin’s quote is that, if evolution were true, then he would have no reason to trust his own mind with that conclusion. And, if you can’t trust your mind, how could you ever know evolution was true? Such a dilemma evidently haunted his thoughts.”
Yet, most scientists have affirmed Darwin’s theory of evolution to be incontrovertibly true. They accept his writings without question and teach them to our children as if they were 100-percent fact. Of course, when faced by skilled polemicists representing the truth of God’s word, those who have tried to defend evolution have utterly failed.
Darwin had difficulty justifying his ideas with the existence of deity. In his writings, the champion of evolution often avoided the question of God’s existence. He was known to have been a member of the Anglican Church, but over the years adopted agnosticism.
Darwin was asked by Mrs. Mary Poole in a December 1866 note if the views he held were inconsistent with the existence of God. His reply to her was evasive, to say the least, but he inserted the following postscript:
“I am grieved that my views should incidentally have caused trouble to your mind but I thank you for your Judgment & honour you for it, that theology & science should each run its own course & that in the present case I am not responsible if their meeting point should still be far off.”
While Darwin probably went to his grave thinking that any inconsistency between theology and science was not his fault, he will not escape the responsibility for what he unleashed on the world (Romans 14:11).