Discuss Evolution Theory according to Darwin
In 1838, Charles Darwin put together his Theory on Evolution. Darwin tried to prove his theory that man was the center of the world and not God. He believed that evolution was gradual on both humans and on organisms. Darwin believed in something called natural selection; meaning genes are to be passed on from one generation to the next. Darwin’s view on natural selection states that organisms tend to survive and reproduce as a function of their ability to adapt to the environment with less adaptable kinds of organisms diminishing. This eventually leads to extinction.
Darwin’s idea of evolution contradicted the book of Genesis. He believed that humans and other species evolve from something that has always been, or by accident. Christians, as well as myself, firmly believe that God created all things on purpose, so that in return we might give Him all the glory. This raised a specter of a purely materialistic cosmos, which was disturbing to the society as well as the Victorians. Though many people could reconcile the fact of evolution with their religious beliefs, many were faith shaken. It was said that Darwin wasn’t an atheist, he was more described as an agnostic, meaning he renounced belief in some kind of personal God. A traveling Evangelist named Lady Hope stated that on Darwin’s deathbed, he renounced evolution and declared Christianity. No one will ever know if these accusations were true because Darwin died on April 19, 1882, at the age of 73.
In 1838, Charles Darwin, after 20 years, put together his evolutionary theory. Why did Darwin take 20 years to develop this theory? Why are there so many missing links with Darwin’s Theory of Evolution? Darwin was almost entirely self-taught in all his fields, so how good of a scientist was he? It is said that Darwin borrowed almost all of his material and research from other writers, and claimed it as his own. We have to ask ourselves is this really Darwin’s Theory or did it originate from another unexpected source. Darwin did find out many things about other species and organisms that we may have never discovered without his research and studies. Darwin’s Theory was simply this, he believed in natural selection or, “survival of the fittest.” This means particular members of a species will prove to be able to cope better with environmental conditions than others. With this, they will have an advantage for survival. As a result, they will multiply and eventually, their progeny will become more prevalent. Then they will be selected by nature for survival, or “survival of the fittest” according to Darwin Theory of Evolution.