Feb. 12th, would have been Charles Darwin's 202nd birthday. While his place in history is assured, the theory he popularized is misunderstood or disbelieved by a great number of Americans.
Recent polls have found that out of the world's democracies, the United States ranks second to last (Turkey is last)in acceptance of evolution. This is disturbing as it contributes to the decline of American power in the 21st century.
Darwin's theory of evolution has withstood extensive testing by by thousands of scientists for over 150 years. The validity of its existence is beyond dispute and yet many cling doggedly to the creation story found in the book of Genesis, a myth that defies reason.
Adam and Eve, supposedly the first humans, awake fully grown. They have no childhood, they have no mother, nor did they ever have one. Their father is a disembodied voice offering no love, only demanding total obedience from his children. He forbids them to think, to ask questions, to partake of the fruit from the Tree Of Knowledge. What kind of father is this?
Charles Darwin dared to think, he dared to ask questions. His theory answers the questions of who we are and why we're here. We're humans, the result of millions of years of evolutionary change. If we continue to deny this basic truth, we do so at our own peril.
David C. Martin
If you are so inclined, please join other members of the Delaware Association for Humanism as we celebrate the 204th anniversary of Darwin's birth, 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10th at Kid Shalleens in Wilmington. If you plan on participating, please respond to this email by Friday evening, Feb. 8th OR SAY YOU WILL ATTEND ON THE DAH MEETUP PAGE.