Archive for June, 2007

Darwin and religion

June 11, 2007

I’ve been reading theĀ Origin of the Species. Skimming mostly, but I read Darwin’s introduction and conclusion. He made an interesting change between the first and second editions, indicated by [brackets].

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed [by the Creator] into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.