Charles Darwin 200 Years Old This February
February 12 is Darwin Day, a celebration of the legacy of the work of Charles Darwin. February 12 was the day of Darwin’s birth – 200 years ago, in 1809.
It’s remarkable that, 200 years later, many Americans are still trying to refute Darwin’s main contribution to science: The development, along with Alfred Wallace, of the theory of biological evolution through natural selection.
A theory is an idea that is empirically testable. Over the last century and a half, Darwin’s theory has been tested over and over again. Every year, the theory grows stronger, with new bits of information supporting Darwin’s ideas.
There has not been a similar growth of data among those who oppose Darwin’s theory. On the contrary, Creationist challenges have grown progressively limited and weaker. In all this time, not one single Creationist theory has emerged – none of the Creationist challenges to Darwin’s ideas even qualify as theories.
Yet, many people continue to teach, without genuine reason, that Darwin was just a big liar. They’re teaching that theories of evolution through natural selection are the work of the Devil.
It’s especially disappointing that this year, of all years, the incoming President of the United States has chosen to give a Creationist, anti-Darwin preacher the special honor of starting the Inauguration with an official religious ritual. Rick Warren encourages America to erase the biological insights gained since the early 1800s, by rejecting all the improvements to our way of life that have been made possible by Darwin’s insights.
One way to respond to Rick Warren’s role in the Inauguration is to participate in this year’s 200th birthday anniversary celebrations of Darwin Day. You can find a Darwin Day event near you at the Darwin Day web site. We’ve also got a small collection of Darwin Day gear that we’ll be expanding as the big day approaches.