Sunday, September 14, 2008

Church of England to apologize to Darwin

In a website to be launched tomorrow, the Church of England is planning to apologize to Charles Darwin for being over-defensive and over-emotional in dismissing Darwin's ideas and will call "anti-evolutionary fervour" an "indictment" on the Church".

According to the Telegraph, the apology, which has been written by the Rev Dr Malcolm Brown, the Church's director of mission and public affairs, says that Christians, in their response to Darwin's theory of natural selection, repeated the mistakes they made in doubting Galileo's astronomy in the 17th century.

darwin"The statement will read: Charles Darwin: 200 years from your birth, the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still. We try to practise the old virtues of 'faith seeking understanding' and hope that makes some amends."

One blogger responded to the news with the comment, "One gets the idea that the folks who run the Church of England have nothing better to do — say, feed the hungry, clothes the naked, visit prisoners, heal the sick, and preach the Good News, all priorities valued by Jesus Christ — then come up with goofball ideas."  I would add that is just plan weird giving an apology to a dead person using the second person. making it seem like the recipient can actually hear what is being said; unless the Church of England thinks that Darwin has evolved into a non-corporeal being.

1 comment:

Michelle said...

I have read that England is now going to embrace Muslim law into their legal system.....this also is an interesting move.