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Anglican Church supports Darwin

Rev. Dr. Malcolm Brown
Rev. Dr. Malcolm Brown

The publication of Darwin's theory of evolution in which he proposed a lineage from apes to humans is approaching its 150th anniversary. A recent column entitled "Good religion needs good science" by Rev. Dr. Malcolm Brown, Director of Mission and Public Affairs for the Church of England, says that the reaction against Darwin "now seems misguided". Dr. Brown's article acknowledges that natural selection, as a way of understanding physical evolutionary processes over thousands of years, makes sense, and goes on to explain why Darwin's scientific theory does not pose a threat to religion.

In the past, creationists have tried to dismiss the Theory of Evolution on the basis that it is just a theory. In common usage, the word theory is often used to signify a conjecture, an opinion, a hunch, a speculation, or a hypothesis. In science, a theory is a testable model of the manner of interaction of a set of natural phenomena, capable of predicting future occurrences or observations of the same kind, and capable of being tested through experiment or otherwise verified through empirical observation.

According to Stephen Hawking in A Brief History of Time, "a theory is a good theory if it satisfies two requirements: It must accurately describe a large class of observations on the basis of a model which contains only a few arbitrary elements, and it must make definite predictions about the results of future observations". He then states, "any physical theory is always provisional, in the sense that it is only a hypothesis; you can never prove it. No matter how many times the results of experiments agree with some theory, you can never be sure that the next time the result will not contradict the theory. On the other hand, you can disprove a theory by finding even a single observation which disagrees with the predictions of the theory".
Learn more about the Evolution vs. Creation controversy

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Jeff Short said,
2008-10-25 @ 23:52:31

The only argument you have stated correctly is that dismissing an idea or theory without further study is prejudice. BUT, almost every theory that Darwin had has been disproved time and time again. The theory of coming from apes was constructed by finding a bone that came from a pig. You really need to do some research before you make statements that further confuse the issue. Darwin himself had recanted his statements about evolution and came to christianity before he died. Rev. Dr. Malcolm Brown, by his statements has proven that there is evil in the church. Please review information on www. drdino.com for some information that may be helpful to understand where we came from.

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