Creation Ministriesby Russell Grigg
Many people erroneously think that Charles Darwin (who earned a degree in theology) was once blissfully content with the biblical explanation of originsâ€”until, that is, as an unbiased naturalist, he stumbled across the idea of evolution by observing the â€˜facts of natureâ€™ in the GalÃ¡pagos Islands in 1835. The truth is significantly otherwise. The concept of evolution had, in fact, been â€˜in his familyâ€™ ever since his grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, first suggested it in 1770.1
As we have often pointed out, evolutionists do not have any facts that are unavailable to creationistsâ€”it is how these facts are interpreted that is significant, and it is ideology which largely determines the interpretation. Charles Darwin himself said, â€˜How odd it is that anyone should not see that all observation must be for or against some view if it is to be of any service!â€™2
So we need to carefully consider the influences on Darwinâ€™s mindset before he set out aboard the Beagle on his round-the-world trip in 1831. The key to understanding how he was predisposed to interpreting facts in favour of an evolutionary ideology goes back to the beliefs, writings and role model of his grandfather, Erasmus.
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