Darwin and Darwinism 150 years later
Biblical faith and the Christian worldview
Ian McNaughton and Paul Taylor
In 1859 Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: or, the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. It has affected the worldview of generations since encouraging them to think that they are the products of chance random process that ultimately have no reason for existence. The book has had an incredible effect on western society and has never been out of print since the first edition of 1,250 copies was sold out the first day. Why was the Origin of Species so popular? There can be no reason other than the UK public were ready to embrace an alternative to the biblical creation account. The new spirit of the age was one of unbelief even although there were religious revivals in Scotland and Ireland about that time. There are two strands to Darwinism. The first is that all life evolved over long time periods from a single prototype cell. The other is the notion of ‘natural selection’. This book reviews Charles Darwin’s religious ideas and questions his evolutionary claims in the light and authority of the Bible which sets forth a worldview consistent with faith in God.
Ian McNaughton is the chairman of Answers in Genesis (UK/Europe) he studied theology at the Free Church of Scotland College, Edinburgh, and gained his Master of Theology degree in Historic Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania, USA. He has served as a Pastor in FIEC Churches for over thirty years and now Pastors West Worthing Evangelical Church, West Sussex. He and his wife, Violet, have one adult son, Mark.
Paul Taylor is the Senior Speaker with Answes in Genesis (UK). He spent seventeen years teaching science in state schools, eventually becoming a Head of science and gaining a Masters degree in Science Education at Cardiff University. He became as Christian in his late teens. He is the author of The six Days of Genesis, Truth, Lies and Science Education, and In the beginning.... Paul has also presented programmes on Christian TV, and is often in demand for radio and TV interviews. He has written and presented a documentary called Darwin and Darwinism: 200 Lost Years, available on DVD. Paul is married with five children.
- ‘Ordinary’ believers
- Home-schooling parents and children
- People who wish to understand how Darwin and Darwinism have affected our modern world and worldview
Features and Benefits
- 2009 the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his Origin of the species
- A succinct overview to the background of Darwin and how his thinking developed
- Robust critique of theistic evolution
- Shows how modern evolutionists such as Dawkins have derived their thinking
I thank God for AIG, and for their steadfast stand against the ever-increasing rabbit trails of Darwinian imagineers.
—Ray Comfort, CEO of Living Waters Ministries, California, and author of The Way of the Master
To the growing bank of literature exposing the flaws in Darwinian evolution, this small and accessible book is a valuable contribution. A plain and potent critique of Darwinianism, together with the careless views held by some Christians that it has spawned, is woven into a thoroughly reasonable alternative based upon the authority of the Bible—and one that does not conflict with good science
—Brian H Edwards, Author
In this book, Paul Taylor and Ian McNaughton show how the evolutionary philosophy changed the scientific outlook and paradigm of the nineteenth and twentieth century. What they also show is the movement away from solid foundations in Darwin’s ancestors who were heavily influenced by Unitarianism and then in Darwin’s life to a movement right away from trust in the authority of God’s Word. Evolutionary thinking was spawned in unbelief and only by a return to a Biblical Creation viewpoint can one again understand properly the message of the Scriptures and the teaching of the Fall and Redemption.
—Professor Andy McIntosh, Leeds
This excellent book clearly explains how Darwin's humanistic worldview, rather than scientific evidence, was the main motivating factor behind the theory of evolution. The book also explains how theistic evolution is not a reconciliation of science with the Bible but rather a damaging union of humanism and the Bible.
—Professor Stuart Burgess, Professor of Design and Nature
While Misters Dawkins, Hitchins and Harris bankroll millions selling anger, ‘Darwin and Darwinism’ lays out the level headed truth, at a fraction of the price.
—Todd Friel, presented of Wretched radio
My colleagues Ian and Paul share my burden to reach Darwin's homeland with the life-changing creation/gospel message. May God bless their effort to show Britons—and others who read this book—that God's Word is accurate and authoritative in our modern-day society.
—Ken Ham, President, Answers in Genesis/Creation Museum-USA
Paperback, illustrated, 112pp
1. Before Darwin
1.1. Darwin’s ideas had a history
1.2. Darwin had a grandfather
1.3 Other Darwin Antecedents
1.1. Hutton and Uniformitarianism
2. The Early Years
2.1. Early Influences
2.3. Shrewsbury School
3. Years of discovery
3.2 HMS Beagle
3.3 After the Beagle
4. The Evolution of the Theory of Evolution
4.1. Down House
4.2. Towards Publication
4.3. Family and Faith
4.4. Human Evolution and other matters
5. Darwin's Worldview
5.1 Darwin's Studies
5.2 What did Darwin believe?
5.3 Darwin's Children
5.4 Darwinian dilemma
5.5 Darwinian denial
6. Darwinism in Biblical perspective
6.1 Loud voices
6.2 According to its kind
6.3 Was Adam Real?
6.4 Proofs for God's existence
7. Made by God
7.1 The Hebrew Word Day
7.2 In six-days
7.3 The Seven Day
8. Theistic Evolution
8.1 Science against God
8.2 Old-earth creationists.
8.3 Other theistic theories
8.4 Genesis ruined!