Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882)

Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882)

Charles Darwin’s revolutionary theory of evolution knocked mankind of it’s pedestal as being the highest form of life on earth.  We vain humnas believed that while God had dominion over the Universes, Man had dominion over all the other creatures that populate our planet.

Nicolaus Copernicus demonstrated in his revolutionary theory that the Earth was not the center of the Universe.  With evolution Darwin showed that humans were subject to the same process of reproduction and survival as every other species on Earth.

As I see it evolution has nothing to do with the question of whether God exist.  I don’t think science can either prove, or disprove, whether God exist.  What evolution challenges is the doctrine of some religions.

I don’t have sufficient knowledge of evolution or religious doctrine to debate the subject in detail.  I do believe that the humid species did evolve from an early species.  I don’t believe that a God(s) exist.  I have a bias towards theories validated by the process of science.

According to one poll 51% of Americans believe God created humans in their present form.  Another 30% believe humans evolved but that God guided the process.  Only 15% believe that God did not guide this process.

Do you think a person can believe in both God and evolution?

You can follow the day to day diary of Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle, which lead to his theory of evolution, at the following site.  It’s a good adventure story whether you believe in evolution or not.

Another interesting article talks about Darwin’s wife.  He married his cousin, Emma Wedgwood, whose family made their fortune in pottery.  She gave birth to 10 children, 7 of whom lived to adulthood. 

As a man I can’t relate to the pain of giving birth to one child, let alone 10.

“Emma  — granddaughter of pottery manufacturer and industrialist Josiah Wedgwood — was educated and well-traveled. In her youth, she studied piano in Paris with composer Frederic Chopin.

Like other Victorian wives of her social background, Emma ran a household and carried out charitable activities. When she died in 1896, 14 years after her husband, she left behind 50 years of records of kitchen expenditures and other domestic costs, including wages for the female servants. Her well-kept domestic account books include 20 budget categories for commodities such as meat, candles, soap, loaf-sugar, tea, eggs and bread.”

“They were wealthy, but, in a sense, plain-living. They weren’t the type to have a menu to impress. They didn’t entertain in a glamorous way,” she added.”

What the family ate was influenced, in part, by Charles Darwin’s health. History shows he was plagued by chronic stomach pains, vomiting, trembling, headaches and heart palpitations. He couldn’t keep down a lot of foods.”

“His symptoms were well-documented. Typically, he had four physicians that played against each other,” Janeway said. “Some say he had Crohn’s disease (an inflammatory disease of the digestive system) or a tropical disease, but no disease has been proven.”

Emma Darwin (née Wedgwood, 2 May 1808–7 October 1896)

Emma Darwin (née Wedgwood, 2 May 1808–7 October 1896)