In 1882 Darwin was buried in Westminster Abbey where over the centuries much good theology has also been buried. His grave bears the simple inscription:
Charles Robert Darwin, Born 12 February 1809, Died 19 April 1882.
Pall bearers at the burial service included Sir Joseph Hooker, Alfred Russel Wallace, James Russell Lowell (U.S. Ambassador), and William Spottiswoode (President of the Royal Society).
On the Sunday following the burial service, Harvey Goodwin, Bishop of Carlisle, preached a memorial sermon and said:
“I think that the interment of the remains of Mr Darwin in Westminster Abbey is in accordance with the judgment of the wisest of his countrymen…It would have been unfortunate if anything had occurred to give weight and currency to the foolish notion which some have diligently propagated, but for which Mr Darwin was not responsible, that there is a necessary conflict between a knowledge of Nature and a belief in God…”.
Source: Westminster Abbey
Editorial Comment: In claiming that burying Darwin in a Christian church was a wise thing to do, the Bishop of Carlisle reveals much about the then leadership of the Anglican Church who were ignoring the Biblical teaching that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10). Darwin rejected Christ, called himself an agnostic, regarded Scripture as manifestly false and advised people on how to undermine Christianity, but displayed remarkable faith in things that neither he nor Lyell saw.
In the Bible, faith is described as being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1) The creation evolution issue is not a matter of religion versus science, but a matter of truth vs error. It is also not an issue of faith versus science versus faith, but rather how all people interpret scientific findings in the light of the faith they willingly have.
So what is your choice: faith in Lyell and Darwin, who were not there at the beginning, or faith in the Creator Christ who was there and has told us clearly what He did and better yet died for our sins and rose from the dead to show that He could raise us from the dead and give us life everlasting?
Evidence News, 16 December 2009
Charles Darwin was a bright young theological graduate, but by the end of his life he had turned his back on God, denied that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and declared Scripture to be “manifestly false”. What happened? For more information read the Creation Research article The Descent of a Man. PDF here.
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