Charles Darwin 's Theory Of Evolution

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Charles Darwin was born in the early nineteenth century to a wealthy family. Without the necessity of having to work to support himself, he had the available leisure time to ponder and hypothesize the large scientific questions of the world. The station in which he was born may have helped shape Darwin’s legacy in another way as well; it’s quite possible that his socioeconomic class had some bearing on the clout that his words and ideas held. The son of a free-thinking prominent doctor and the grandson of a philosopher, abolitionist, and physician who held some fairly radical ideas on evolution himself, definitely had an influence on Charles’ mindset. Darwin was an avid lover of nature since birth and took in information from many different sources. He was a man of an open-mind. Darwin formed his theory of evolution and jointly published with a contemporary of his, Wallace, who had come to a similar conclusion around the same time. Unfortunately Wallace didn’t quite promote his name well, and with the advent of the term Darwinism recognition of his name in conjunction with the theory fell out of public knowledge. Darwin lived Christian society with very rigid views on nature. The pervading belief was that God had created all species perfectly and that nothing ever changed. All previous theories of evolution had been quickly criticized and debunked, and Darwin was in no hurry to invite the notoriety that may come with publishing such a controversial idea. However, twenty years after his discovery, Wallace approached Darwin with his theory, and together they published their findings. The next year, Darwin published his most iconic work, On The Origin of Species, and controversial it was. Going against every common belief held at the... ... middle of paper ... ... a Christian, a Buddhist, a Wiccan, and an atheist to teach lessons on the origin of humanity and natural life based on just one religion’s idea. If a parochial school teaches creationism, that’s perfectly acceptable; that school is based on religious teaching and if they wish to teach their view then that should be okay. Although if they wish to give their students a fair shake in the academic world, they would be better off teaching both the scientific theory and the religious belief. But for a public school that is giving a general education to a mass of people from multiple different backgrounds, they need to be given the most objective education possible. Evolution is based in science and observation and even though it is a theory that cannot be exactly proven, it is based on evidence and facts and objective truth, as opposed to the subjectivity of blind faith.

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