Darwin on Lyell’s Method:
“Lyell is most firmly convinced that he has shaken the faith in the Deluge etc far more efficiently by never having said a word against the Bible, than if he had acted otherwise.”
Letter to his son George H Darwin, 21 Oct 1873
Editorial Comment: The Deluge refers to Noah’s Flood – a world wide catastrophe sent in judgement on man’s evil behaviour. Darwin, Lyell and their present day followers were, and are, not just rejecting God’s power as Creator, they reject His power and authority as judge. The churches which pride themselves on not accepting Darwin’s evolution but accepting Lyell’s vast ages shoot the gospel in the foot. If there is no judgement of sin, there is no need to be saved.
By shaking faith in the Deluge, Lyell and his theological successors lull people into a dangerous ignorance of their perilous state unless they repent of their evil behaviour and accept the free gift of salvation offered by Christ. (Ref. sin, uniformitarianism, catastrophism, theistic evolution)
Darwin’s letters are available from the Darwin Correspondence Project at: http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/home
Evidence News, 16 December 2009