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Religion and science : Charles Darwin's The origin of species

by Jimenez, Linda Emperatriz

Abstract

On November 24, 1859, Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. The ideas within The Origin, particularly the theory of common descent and the theory of evolution by natural selection, have sparked controversy well into the twenty-first century. This controversy is rooted in the belief that he altered the relationship between religion and science, from one of unity to one of separation. I would like to argue that Darwin did not create a divide between religion and science. Contemporary ideas of a Darwinian divide result from misinterpretations of past conflicts with the Roman Catholic Church, lack of understanding of religious doctrine, fears over certain aspects of Darwin's ideas which some feel conflict with personal religious beliefs, fears over Social Darwinism, and concerns that accepting Darwin's theories promote atheism. In the twentieth century, the belief in a divide between religion and science has come to the forefront due to misinterpretations of Darwin's work and historical misinformation.

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PDF title page date: 19th of May, 2014. Date accepted and created derived from document file properties.

The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

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Administrative Notes

PDF title page date: 19th of May, 2014. Date accepted and created derived from document file properties.

The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:9836
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
50 pages
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Hyde, Anne Neel, Carol
Department/Program
History
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
B.A.
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2014-05