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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.

6 comments to Charles Darwin 200 Years Old This February

  • grey

    No I think not, what’s wrong with Rick Warren, he has a message of love. If Darwin lived today he himself would deny his theory. We scientists know so much more today than they knew about cells, dna, life, and the complexity of it all, he would be perplexed and could not imagine it all happening by chance. Stop hating people that want peace, and stop worshiping someone that made a theory that worked 200 years ago, but today is full of holes.

    • A message of love – that only people like himself should be allowed to have rights. Oh, how much LOVE is that! Jews are damned, Warren says. Women are inferior, Warren says. Gays are abominations, Warren says. Atheists should not be allowed to hold political power, Warren says.

      Love, love, love, love, love! Stop it! I can’t handle all the love!

  • Darkness shall cover the earth and deep darkness the people… Isaiah 60:2
    Facts. Science. Theory.
    God created man in His image. (Genesis 1:27)
    Man made religion.
    God is not religious God is God.
    Men be geniuses yet the created, can never be greater than the Creator.
    Seek Truth.Truth is not a religion.
    Jesus said IAM the Way, the Truth and the Life. (John 14:6)
    Shed Aimlessness. Seek Eternal Life.
    The message of the cross is foolish to those who are perishing… 1 Corinthians 1:18

    • Doritos shall cover my coffee table.
      Sheep. Sweaters. Wool.
      I created a new dance step.
      My neighbor made a weird sound this morning.
      Frogs are not green. Frogs are frogs.
      Your brother may be smart, but the thing he made is not as smart as he is.
      Look for your car keys. Car keys are not a car.
      Hector said I AM the cable repairman, the TV and the broadband Internet provider.
      Shed dandruff. Seek a shampoo that medicates your scalp.
      The message of the television commercial is foolish to those who do not have a digital converter box.

      Wha? Bren, what you’re saying makes no sense. Could you try speaking instead of reciting?

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