HAPPY 200th Birthday – Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882)

Charles Robert Darwin – The Father of Natural Selection and Evolution. (The death of Creationism and Intellectual Design)

I was curious to see what type of Man could come up with the theory that would make the bible removed from schools, and start a movement to remove GOD from everything.

So, I wanted to read his autobiography. Since it was written so long ago, the copyright has expired on it. And thanks to the Gutenberg Project, the full text of his Autobiography can be found on line.

What better way to find out what type of man a man is then by quoting his own words…. Lets see what Darwin has to say for himself.

While reading his autobiography, I came across something that I thought was very interesting. Over the 20-30 years of his life when the started to really develop his ideas of Darwinism and evolution, he lost his love for the arts. In his own words:

I have said that in one respect my mind has changed during the last twenty or thirty years. Up to the age of thirty, or beyond it, poetry of many kinds, such as the works of Milton, Gray, Byron, Wordsworth,Coleridge, and Shelley, gave me great pleasure, and even as a schoolboy I took intense delight in Shakespeare, especially in the historical plays. I have also said that formerly pictures gave me considerable, and music very great delight. But now for many years I cannot endure to read a line of poetry: I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me. I have also almost lost my taste for pictures or music.

Sad, he use to love reading poetry, the first part of his autobiography talks about how he would spend time singing and enjoying music. Long walks in the country and enjoying pictures and plays. But now these things are dull and even nauseating. He then goes on to say:

The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.

Did I read that right. Did he just say the the loss of the arts, or non scientific likes may be injurious to moral character? He attributes this to the atrophy of the part of the brain that controls these tastes. He then goes on to say that he wishes that he would of at least spent some time each week on the arts.

I don’t think I agree with him on this point. Could this be the real reason why he started to not like the arts, etc. Could it be because he started to turn way from GOD and Christianity. In his own words:

….During these two years (March 1837 – January 1839) I was led to think much about religion. Whilst on board the Beagle I was quite orthodox, and I remember being heartily laughed at by several officers (though themselves orthodox) for quoting the Bible as an unanswerable authority on some point of morality. I suppose it was the novelty of the argument that amused them. But I had gradually come by this time (i.e. 1836 to 1839) to see the Old Testament, from its manifestly false history of the world, with the Tower of Babel, the rain-bow as a sign, and from its attributing to God the feelings of a revengeful tyrant, was no more to be trusted than the sacred books of the Hindoos, or the beliefs of any barbarian….

….Thus disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but was at last complete. The rate was so slow that I felt no distress, and have never since doubted for a single second that my conclusion was correct. I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so, the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother, and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine….

I think that the reason he lost his happiness and the love for the arts was because he turned away from God and started to remove his influence in life and nature. It is truly sad that he has lost his “happiness”.

I am open to thoughts on this one, and would like to have any comments you may have.

Comments

  1. Many Old Testament records are rejected only because they do not conform to modern experience or (useless) theories and philosophies. The Tower of Babel and the Confusion of Tongues is one of the most misunderstood accounts in the Old Testament. This misunderstanding leads to claims that the account is purely mythical. But this is not true. It was a real event. An objective reading of the biblical text (and modern clinical experiments) explain what really happened. God did not change the languages of man. For more on this, the Flood, the "Burning Bush," and other biblical mysteries check out

    http://www.eloquentbooks.com/ManAndHisPlanet.html

  2. Jim, the main point of this post is to point out that Darwin, after removing GOD from nature, was not a happy person. The point is this. If you totally remove GOD from your view, then you can't have happiness. The arts, pictures, music and nature itself becomes boring and dull.

  3. When you remove God and Christ from your life and conciousness, you also remove feeling – punctuated by the second quote you've got there. The more we turn from God (and consequently toward Satan – turning from the light to the dark), the more we become past feeling. The more we are past feeling, the more we lose our love of all things good and the less we are able to hear the voice of the Lord and make new, true discoveries. Here we go:

    Ephesians 4:17-19
    17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
    18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
    19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

    1 Nephi 17:45-46
    45 – Ye are swift to do iniquity but slow to remember the Lord your God. Ye have seen an angel, and he spake unto you; yea, ye have heard his voice from time to time; and he hath spoken unto you in a still small voice, but ye were past feeling, that ye could not feel his words; wherefore, he has spoken unto you like unto the voice of thunder, which did cause the earth to shake as if it were to divide asunder.
    46 – And ye also know that by the power of his almighty word he can cause the earth that it shall pass away; yea, and ye know that by his word he can cause the rough places to be made smooth, and smooth places shall be broken up. O, then, why is it, that ye can be so hard in your hearts?

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