By Frederik Gerrit Immink
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Huxley (Darwin’s bulldog) and Bishop Samuel Wilberforce (Soapy Sam). The debate was occasioned by a lecture delivered by John Draper on Darwin’s theory of evolution – The Origin of Species having been published seven months earlier. This encounter is often portrayed as a simple clash between science and religion, where the competent scientist convincingly triumphed over the ignorant churchman. 29 In the first place, Wilberforce was no ignoramus. A month after the historic meeting in question, he published a 50-page review of Darwin’s work (in the Quarterly Review), which Darwin regarded as ‘uncommonly clever; it picks out with skill all the most conjectural parts, and brings forward well all the difficulties.
And so he looked at the universe through his telescope and what he saw left some of Aristotle’s major astronomical speculations in tatters. Galileo observed sunspots, which blemished the face of Aristotle’s ‘perfect sun’. In 1604 he saw a supernova, which called into question Aristotle’s ‘immutable heavens’. Aristotelianism was the reigning worldview, not simply the paradigm in which science had to be done, but it was a worldview in which cracks were already beginning to appear. Furthermore, the Protestant Reformation was challenging the authority of Rome and thus, from Rome’s perspective, religious security was under increasing threat.
Designer biosphere? 6. The nature and scope of evolution 7. The origin of life 8. The genetic code and its origin 9. Matters of information 10. The monkey machine 11. The origin of information 12. Violating nature? The legacy of David Hume Epilogue References To Sally without whose love, encouragement and support this book – and much else – would never have been completed. ’ Richard Feynman Why is there something rather than nothing? Why, in particular, does the universe exist? Where did it come from and where, if anywhere, is it heading?
Divine Simplicity by Frederik Gerrit Immink