Sunday, 21 September 2008

View From the Pulpit

Church owes Darwin apology over evolution, says senior Anglican

Church of England commissions series of introspective online articles ahead of 200th anniversary of naturalist's birth

Charles Darwin lost his Christian faith in the 1830s, before writing his seminal On the Origin of Species. Photograph: Corbis

The Church of England owes Charles Darwin an apology for misunderstanding his theory of evolution and making errors over its reaction to it, a senior clergyman said today.

In a bid to recognise its faults in the run up to next year's 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth, the church has launched a series of articles on its website.

An essay by the Rev Dr Malcolm Brown, the church's head of public affairs, called Good Religion Needs Good Science directly addresses Darwin. It concludes: "We try to practise the old virtues of 'faith seeking understanding' and hope that makes some amends. 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."

From the Guardian.

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