Popular Science Monthly/Volume 45/June 1894/New Chapters in the Warfare of Science: From Creation to Evolution IV
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XIX.—FROM CREATION TO EVOLUTION.
By ANDREW DICKSON WHITE, LL.D., L. H.D.,
EX-PRESIDENT OF CORNELL UNIVERSITY.
THE FINAL EFFORT OF THEOLOGY.
THE Origin of Species had come into the theological world like a plow into an ant-hill. Everywhere those who were thus rudely awakened from their old comfort and repose had swarmed forth angry and confused. Reviews, sermons, books light and heavy, came flying at the new thinker from all sides.
The keynote was struck at once in the Quarterly Review by Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford. He declared that Darwin was guilty of "a tendency to limit God's glory in creation"; that "the principle of natural selection is absolutely incompatible with the word of God"; that it "contradicts the revealed relations of creation to its Creator"; that it is "inconsistent with the fullness of his glory"; that it is "a dishonoring view of Nature"; and the bishop ended by pointing Darwin's attention to "a simpler explanation of the presence of these strange forms among the works of God," that cause being — "the fall of Adam." Nor did the bishop's services end here; at the meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science he again disported himself in the tide of popular applause. Referring to the ideas of Darwin, who was absent on account of illness, the bishop in a public speech congratulated himself that he was not descended from a monkey. The reply came from Huxley, who said in substance: "If I had to choose, I would prefer to be a descendant of 146 THE POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY.
a humble monkey rather than of a man who employs his knowl- edge and eloquence in misrepresenting those who are wearing out their lives in the search for truth."
This shot reverberated through England, and indeed through other countries.
The utterances of the most brilliant prelate of the Anglican Church received a sort of antiphonal response from the leaders of the English Catholics. In an address before the Academia, which had been organized to combat " science falsely so called," Cardinal Manning declared his " abhorrence " of the new view of Nature, and described it as " a brutal philosophy to wit, there is no God, and the ape is our Adam."
These attacks from such eminent sources set the clerical fash- ion which prevailed for several years. One eminent clerical re- viewer, in spite of Darwin's thirty years of quiet labor, and in spite of the powerful summing up of his book, prefaced a diatribe by saying that Darwin "might have been more modest had he given some slight reason for dissenting from the views generally entertained." Another distinguished clergyman, vice-president of a Protestant institute to combat " dangerous " science, de- clared Darwinism " an attempt to dethrone God," Another critic spoke of persons accepting the Darwinian views as " under the frenzied inspiration of the inhaler of mephitic gas," and of Dar- win's argument as " a jungle of fanciful assumption." Another spoke of Darwin's views as suggesting that " God is dead," and declared that Darwin's work " does open violence to everything which the Creator himself has told us in the Scriptures of the methods and results of his work." Still another theological au- thority declares : " If the Darwinian theory is true. Genesis is a lie, the whole framework of the book of life falls to pieces, and the revelation of God to man, as we Christians know it, is a delu- sion and a snare." Another, who had showji excellent qualities as an observing naturalist, declared the Darwinian view " a huge imposture from the beginning."
Echoes came from America. One review, the organ of the most widespread of American religious sects, declared that Darwin " was attempting to befog and to pettifog the whole question " ; another declared Darwin's views " the only form of infidelity from which Christianity had anything to fear " ; another, repre- senting the American branch of the Anglican Church, poured contempt over Darwin as " sophistical and illogical," and then plunged into an exceedingly dangerous line of argument in the following words : " If this hypothesis be true, then is the Bible an unbearable fiction ; . . . then have Christians for nearly two thou- sand years been duped by a monstrous lie, , . . Darwin requires us to disbelieve the authoritative word of the Creator." A lead-
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ing journal representing the same cliurcli took pains to show the evolution theory to be as contrary to the explicit declarations of the New Testament as to those of the Old, and said : " If we have all, men and monkeys, oysters and eagles, developed from an original germ, then is St. Paul's grand deliverance ' All flesh is not the same flesh ; there is one kind of flesh of men, another of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds ' untrue."
Another echo came from Australia, where Dr. Perry, Lord Bishop of Melbourne, in a most bitter book on Science and the Bible, declared that the obvious object of Chambers, Darwin, and Huxley is " to produce in their readers a disbelief of the Bible."
Nor was the older branch of the Church to be left behind in this chorus. Bayma, in the Catholic World, declared, " Mr. Dar- win is, we have reason to believe, the mouthpiece or chief trump- eter of that infidel clique whose well-known object is to do away with all idea of a God."
Worthy of especial note as showing the determination of the theological side at this period is the foundation of sacro-scien- tific organizations to combat the new ideas. First to be noted is the Academia, planned by Cardinal Wiseman. In a circular let- ter the cardinal sounded an alarm and summed up by saying, " Now it is for the Church, which alone possesses divine certainty and divine discernment, to place itself at once in the front of a movement which threatens even the fragmentary remains of Christian belief in England." The necessary permission was ob- tained from Rome, the Academia was founded, and the " divine discernment" of the Church was seen in the utterances which came from it, such as those of Cardinal Manning, which every thoughtful Catholic would now desire to recall, and in the violent diatribes of Dr. Laing, which only aroused laughter on all sides. A similar effort was seen on the Protestant side ; the Victoria In- stitute was created, and perhaps the most noted utterance which ever came from it was the declaration of its vice-president, the Rev. Walter Mitchell, that " Darwinism endeavors to dethrone God." *
��* For Wilberforce's article, see Quarterly Review, July, 1860. For the reply of Huxley to the bishop's speech I have relied on the account given in Quatrefages, who had it from Carpenter; a somewhat different version is given in the Life and Letters of Darwin. For Cardinal Manning's attack, see Essays on Religion and Literature, London, 1865. For the review articles, see the Quarterly already cited, and that for July, 18V4 ; also the North British Review, May, 1860; also, F. 0. Morris's letter in the Record, reprinted at Glasgow, 18*70 ; also the Addresses of Rev. Walter Mitchell before the Victoria Institute, London, 1867 ; also Rev. B. G. Johns, Moses not Darwin, a Sermon, March 31, 1871. For the ear- lier American attacks, see Methodist Quarterly Review, April, 1871 ; the American Church Review, July and October, 1865, and January, 1866. For the Australian attack, see Science and the Bible, by the Right Reverend Charles Perry, D. D., Bishop of Melbourne, London,
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In France the attack was even more violent. Fabre d'Envieu brought out the heavy artillery of theology, and in a long series of elaborate propositions demonstrated that any other doctrine than that of the fixity and persistence of species is absolutely con- trary to Scripture. The Abb(5 Desorges, a former Professor of Theology, stigmatized Darwin as a " pedant," and evolution as " gloomy " ; Monseigneur S(?gur, referring to Darwin and his fol- lowers, declared : " These infamous doctrines have for their only support the most abject passions. Their father is pride, their mother impurity, their offspring revolutions. They come from hell and return thither, taking with them the gross creatures who blush not to proclaim and accept them."
In Germany the attack, if less declamatory, was no less severe. Catholic theologians vied with Protestants in bitterness. Prof. Michelis declared Darwin's theory "a caricature of creation." Dr. Hagermann asserted that it " turned the Creator out of doors." Dr. Schund insisted that " every idea of the Holy Scriptures, from the first to the last page, stands in diametrical opposition to the Darwinian theory"; and, "if Darwin be right in his view of the development of man out of a brutal condition, then the Bible teaching in regard to man is utterly annihilated." Rougemont at Stuttgart called for a crusade against the obnoxious doctrine. Luthardt, Professor of Theology at Leipsic, declared : " The idea of creation belongs to religion and not to natural science ; the whole superstructure of personal religion is built upon the doctrine of creation " ; and he showed that the evolution theory is in direct contradiction to Holy Writ.
But in 1863 came an event which brought serious confusion to the theological camp : Sir Charles Lyell, the most eminent of liv- ing geologists, a man of deeply Christian feeling and of exceed- ingly cautious and conservative temper, who had opposed the evolution theory of Lamarck and declared his adherence to the idea of successive creations, then published his work on the An- tiquity of Man, and in this and other utterances showed himself a complete though unwilling convert to the fundamental ideas of Darwin. The blow was serious in many ways, and especially so in two first, as withdrawing all foundation in fact from the scriptural chronology, and secondly, as discrediting the creation theory. The blow was not indeed unexpected ; in various review articles against the Darwinian theory there had been appeals to Lyell, at times almost piteous, " not to flinch from the truths he had formerly proclaimed."
��1869. For Bayma, see the Catholic World, xxvi, 782. For the Acaderaia, see Essays edit- ed by Cardinal Manning, above cited ; and for the Victoria Institute, see Scientia Scienti- arum, by a member of the Victoria Institute, London, 1865.
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But Lyell, like the honest man he was, yielded, unreservedly to the mass of new proofs arrayed on the side of evolution as against that of creation.
At the same time came Huxley's Man's Place in Nature, giv- ing new and most cogent arguments in favor of evolution by natural selection.
In 1871 was published Darwin's Descent of Man. Its doctrine had indeed been anticipated by critics of his previous books, but it none the less gave a great stir to the opposite side ; again the opposing army trooped forth, though evidently with much less heart than before. A few were very violent. In the Dublin Uni- versity Magazine Mr. Darwin was charged, after the legendary Hibernian fashion, with seeking " to displace God by the unerring action of vagary," and as being " resolved to hunt God out of the world." But most notable from this side of the older Church was the elaborate answer to Darwin's book by the eminent French Catholic physician. Dr. Constantin James. In his work. On Dar- winism, or the Man- Ape, published at Paris in 1877, Dr. James not only refuted Darwin scientifically but poured contempt on his book, calling it " a fairy tale," and hesitating to take it seriously, since a work " so fantastic and so burlesque " was, doubtless, only a huge joke, like Erasmus's Praise of Folly, or Montesquieu's Persian Letters. The princes of the Church were delighted. The Cardinal Archbishop of Paris assured the author that the book had become his "spiritual reading," and begged him to send a copy to the Pope himself. His Holiness, Pope Pius IX, acknowl- edged the gift in a remarkable letter. He thanked his dear son, the writer, for the book in which he "refutes so well the aber- rations of Darwinism. ... A system," he adds, " which is repug- nant at once to history, to the tradition of all peoples, to exact science, to observed facts, and even to Reason herself, would seem to need no refutation, did not alienation from God and the leaning toward materialism, due to depravity, eagerly seek a sup- port in all this tissue of fables. . . . And, in fact, pride, after rejecting the Creator of all things and proclaiming man inde- pendent, wishing him to be his own king, his own priest, and his own God pride goes so far as to degrade man himself to the level of the unreasoning brutes, perhaps even of lifeless matter, thus unconsciously confirming the Divine declaration. When pride Cometh, then cometh shame. But the corruption of this age, the machinations of the perverse, the danger of the simple, demand that such fancies, altogether absurd though they are, should since they borrow the mask of science be refuted by true sci- ence." Wherefore the Pope thanks Dr. James for his book, " so opportune and so perfectly appropriate to the exigencies of our time," and bestows on him the apostolic benediction. Nor was
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this brief all. With it there came a second, creating the author an officer of the Papal Order of St. Sylvester. The Cardinal Archbishop assured the astonished physician that such a double honor of brief and brevet was perhaps unprecedented, and sug- gested only that in a new edition of his book he should " insist still a little more on the relation existing between the narratives of Genesis and the discoveries of modern science, in such fashion as to convince the most incredulous of their perfect agreement." The prelate urged also a more dignified title. The proofs of this new edition were accordingly all submitted to his Eminence, and in 1882 it appeared as Moses and Darwin : the Man of Genesis com^Dared with the Man -Ape, or Religious Education opposed to Atheistic. No wonder the cardinal embraced the author, thank- ing him in the name of science and religion. " We have at last," he declared, " a handbook which we can safely put into the hands of youth."
Scarcely less vigorous were the champions of English Protes- tant orthodoxy. In an address at Liverpool, Mr. Gladstone re- marked : " Upon the grounds of what is termed evolution God is relieved of the labor of creation ; in the name of unchangeable laws he is discharged from governing the world " ; and, when Her- bert Spencer called his attention to the fact that Newton with the doctrine of gravitation and with the science of physical astronomy is open to the same charge, Mr. Gladstone retreated in the Con- temporary Review under one of his characteristic clouds of words. The Rev. Dr. Coles, in the British and Foreign Evangelical Re- view, declared that the God of evolution is not the Christian's God. Bangor, Dean of Chichester, in a sermon preached before the Uni- versity of Oxford, pathetically warned the students that " those who refuse to accept the history of the creation of our first parents according to its obvious literal intention, and are for substituting the modern dream of evolution in its place, cause the entire scheme of man's salvation to collapse." Dr. Pusey also came into the fray with most earnest appeals against the new doctrine, and the Rev. Gavin Carlyle was most earnest on the same side. The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge published a book by the Rev. Mr. Birks, in which the evolution doctrine was declared to be " flatly opposed to the fundamental doctrine of creation." Even the London Times admitted a review of Darwin's Descent of Man, in which it was spoken of as an " utterly unsupported hypothesis," full of " unsubstantiated premises, cursory investi- gations, and disintegrating speculations," and Darwin himself was declared " reckless and unscientific." *
��* For the French theological opposition to the Darwinian theory, see Pozzy, La Terra et le Recit Biblique de la Creation, 18*74, especially pp. 353, 363 ; also, Felix Ducane,
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But it was noted that this second series of attacks, on the De- scent of Man, differed in one remarkable respect so far as Eng- laiid was concerned from, those which had been made over ten years before on the Origin of Species. While everything was done to discredit Darwin, to pour contempt over him, and even, of all things in the world, to make him the gentlest of mankind, only occupied with the scientific side of the problem " a persecu- tor of Christianity," while his followers were represented more and more as charlatans or dupes, there began to be in the most influential quarters careful avoidance of the old argument that evolution even by natural selection contradicts Scripture. It began to be felt that this was dangerous ground. The defection of Lyell had, perhaps, more than anything else, started the ques- tion among theologians who had preserved some equanimity, "What if, after all, the Darwinian theory should prove to be true ? " Recollections of the position in which the Roman Church found itself after the establishment of the doctrines of Copernicus and Galileo naturally came into the minds of the more thought- ful. In Germany this consideration does not seem to have oc- curred at quite so early a day. One eminent Lutheran clergy- man at Magdeburg called on his hearers to choose between Dar- win and religion ; Delitszch, in his new commentary on Genesis, attempted to bring science back to recognize human sin as an im- portant factor in creation ; Prof. Heinrich Ewald, while carefully avoiding any sharp conflict between the scriptural doctrine and evolution, comforted himself by pouring contempt over Darwin and his followers; Christlieb, in his address before the Evangeli- cal Alliance at New York, 1873, simply took the view that the
��Etudes sur le Transformisme, 1876, especially pp. 107 to 119. As to Fabre d'Envieu, see especially his Proposition xliii. For the Abbe Desorges, " former Professor of Philosophy and Theology," see his Erreurs Modernes, Paris, 1878, pp. 677 and 595 to 598. For Mon" seigneur Segur, see his La Foi devant la Science Moderne, sixth ed., Paris, 1874, pp. 23, 34, etc. For Herbert Spencer's reply to Mr. Gladstone, see his Study of Sociology ; for the passage in the Dublin Review, see the issue for July, 1871. For the review in the London Times, see Nature for April 20, 1871. For Gavin Carlyle, see The Battle of Unbelief, 1870, pp. 86 and 171. For the attacks by Michelis and Hagermann, see Natur und Offen- barung, Miinster, 1861 to 1869. For Schund, see his Darwin's Hypothese und ihr Verhalt- niss zu Religion und Moral, Stuttgart, 1869. For Luthardt, see Fundamental Truths of Christianity, translated by Sophia Taylor, second ed., Edinburgh, 1869. For Rougemont, see his Der Mensch und der Aflfe, Stuttgart, 1863, translated into German. For Constantin James, see his Mes Entretiens avec I'Empereur Don Pedro sur le Darwinisme, Paris, 1888, where the papal briefs are printed in full. For the English attacks on Darwin's Descent of Man, see the Edinburgh Review, July, 1871, and elsewhere ; the Dublin Review, July, 1871 ; the British and Foreign Evangelical Review, April, 1886. See also The Scripture Doctrine of Creation, by the Rev. T. R. Birks, London, 1873, published by the S. P. C. K. For Dr. Pusey's attack, see his Unscience not Science, adverse to Faith, 1878; also, Darwin's Life and Letters, vol. ii, pp. 411, 412.
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tendencies of the Darwinian theory were " toward infidelity/' but declined to make any serious battle on biblical grounds; the Jesuit, Father Pesch, in Holland, drew. up in Latin in due array, after the old scholastic manner, a sort of general indictment of evolution, of which one must say that it was interesting as inter- esting as the display of a troop in chain armor and with cross- bows on a nineteenth-century battlefield.
From America there came new echoes. Among the myriad attacks on the Darwinian theory by Catholics and Protestants two should be especially mentioned. The first of these was by Dr. Noah Porter, President of Yale College, an excellent scholar, an interesting writer, a noble man, broadly tolerant, combining in his thinking a curious mixture of radicalism and conservatism. While giving great latitude to the evolutionary teaching in the university under his care, he felt it his duty upon one occasion to avow his disbelief in it ; but he was very careful not to suggest any necessary antagonism between it and the Scriptures. He confined himself mainly to pointing out the tendency of the evo- lution doctrine in this form toward agnosticism and pantheism. To those who knew and loved him and had noted the genial way in which by wise neglect he had allowed scientific studies to flour- ish at Yale, there was an amusing side to all this. Within a stone's throw of his college rooms was the Museum of Paleon- tology, in which Prof. Marsh had laid side by side, among other evidences of the new truth, that wonderful series of specimens showing the evolution of the horse from the earliest form of the animal, " not larger than a fox, with five toes," through the whole series up to his present form and size that series which the most eminent living exponent of the Darwinian view has declared an absolute proof of the existence of natural selection as an agent in evolution. In spite of the veneration and love which all Yale men felt for President Porter, it was hardly to be expected that these particular arguments of his would have much permanent effect upon them when there was constantly before their eyes so convincing a refutation.
But a far more determined and bitter opponent was the Rev. Dr. Hodge, of Princeton; his anger toward the evolution doctrine seemed to madden him : he declared it thoroughly " atheistic " ; he insisted that Christians " have a right to protest against the arraying of probabilities against the clear evidence of the Scrip- tures " ; he even censured so orthodox a writer as the Duke of Argyll, and declared that the Darwinian theory of natural selec- tion is " utterly inconsistent with the Scriptures," and that " an absent God, who does nothing, is to us no God " ; that " to ignore design as manifested in God's creation is a theory which attempts to dethrone God " ; that " a denial of design in Nature is virtually
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a denial of God " ; and that " no teleologist can be a Darwinian." Even more bitter was another of the leading authorities at the same university the Rev. Dr. Duffield. He declared war not only against Darwin but even against men like Asa Gray, Le Conte, and others, who had attempted to reconcile the new theory with the Bible ; he insisted that " evolutionism and the scriptural account of the origin of man are irreconcilable " that the Dar- winian theory is " in direct conflict with the teaching of the apostle, * All scripture is given by inspiration of God '" ; he points out, in opposition both to Darwin's Descent of Man and Lyell's Antiquity of Man, that in the Bible "the genealogical links which connect the Israelites in Egypt with Adam and Eve in Eden are explicitly given." These utterances of Prof. Duffield culminated in a declaration which deserves to be cited as showing that a Presbyterian minister can "deal damnation round the land " ex cathedra in a fashion quite equal to that of popes and bishops. It is as follows : " If the development theory of the ori- gin of man," wrote Dr. Duffield in the Princeton Review, " shall in a little while take its place as doubtless it will with other exploded scientific speculations, then they who accept it with its proper logical consequences will in the life to come have their portion with those who in this life ' know not God and obey not the gospel of his Son.' "
Fortunately, at about the time when Darwin's Descent of Man was published, there had come into Princeton University a " deus ex machina " in the person of Dr. James McCosh. Assuming the presidency, he at once took his stand against teachings so danger- ous to Christianity as those of Drs. Hodge, Duffield, and their confreres. In one of his personal confidences he has let us into the secret of this matter. With that hard Scotch sense which had won the applause of Thackeray in his well-known verses, he saw that the most dangerous thing which could be done to Chris- tianity at Princeton was to reiterate in the university pulpit, week after week, solemn declarations that if evolution by natural selection, or indeed evolution at all, be true, the Scriptures are false. McCosh tells us that he saw that this was the certain way to make the students unbelievers ; he therefore not only gave a check to this dangerous preaching but preached an opposite doctrine. With him began the inevitable compromise, and, in spite of mutterings against him as a Darwinian, he carried the day. Whatever may be thought of the general system of philoso- phy which he has advocated, no one can deny the great service he rendered in neutralizing the teachings of his predecessors and col- leagues so dangerous to all that is essential in Christianity.
Other divines of strong sense in other parts of the country be- gan to take similar ground namely, that men could be Christians
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and at the same time believe in the Darwinian theory. There appeared, indeed, here and there, curious discrepancies ; thus in 1873 the Monthly Religious Magazine of Boston congratulated its readers that the Rev. Mr. Burr had " demolished the evolution theory, knocking the breath of life out of it and throwing it to the dogs." This amazing performance by " the Rev. Mr. Burr " was repeated in a different form and in a very striking way by Bishop Keener before the QEcumenical Council of Methodism at Washington in 1891. In what is described in the newspapers as an " admirable speech," he refuted evolution doctrines by saying that evolutionists had only to make a journey of twelve hours from the place in which he was then standing and find together the bones of the muskrat, the opossum, the coprolite, and the ichthyosau- rus. He asserted that Agassiz whom the good bishop, like so many others, seemed to think an evolutionist when he visited these beds near Charleston, declared : " These old beds have set me crazy ; they have destroyed the work of a lifetime " ; and the Methodist prelate ended by saying : " Now, gentlemen, brethren, take these facts home with you ; get down and look at them. This is the watch that was under the steam hammer the doc- trine of evolution ; and this steam hammer is the wonderful de- posit of the Ashley beds."
Exhibitions like these availed little. While the good bishop amid vociferous applause thus made comically evident his belief that Agassiz was a Darwinian and a coprolite an animal, scien- tific men were recording in all parts of the world facts confirming the dreaded theory of an evolution by natural selection. While the Rev. Mr. Burr was so loudly praised for " chopping up Dar- winism and throwing it to the dogs," Marsh was completing his series leading from the five-toed ungulates to the horse ; while Dr. Tayler Lewis at Union, and Drs. Hodge and Duffield at Prince- ton, were showing that if evolution is true the biblical accounts are false, the indefatigable Yale professor was showing his cre- taceous birds, and among them Hesperornis and Ichthyornis with teeth ; while in Germany Luthardt, Schund, and their compeers were demonstrating that Scripture requires a belief in special and separate creations, the Archceopteryx, showing a most remarkable connection between birds and reptiles, was discovered ; while in France Monseigneur Sdgur and others were indulging in diatribes against " a certain Darwin," Gaudry and Filhol were discovering a striking series of " missing links " among the carnivora.
In view of the proofs accumulating in favor of the new evolu- tionary hypothesis, the change in the tone of controlling theolo- gians was now rapid. From all sides came evidences of desire to compromise with the theory. The strict adherents of the biblical text pointed significantly to the texts in Genesis in which the
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earth and sea were made to bring forth birds and fishes, and man was created out of the dust of the ground. Men of broader mind like Kingsley and Farrar, and English and American broad churchmen generally, took ground directly in Darwin's favor. Even Whewell took pains to show that there might be such a thing as a Darwinian argument for design in Nature ; and the Rev. Samuel Houghton, of the Royal Society, gave interesting suggestions of a teleological evolution.
Both the great English universities received the new teaching as a leaven ; at Oxford, in the very front of the High Church party at Keble College, was elaborated a statement that the evo- lution doctrine is " an advance in our theological thinking " ; and Temple, Bishop of London, perhaps the most influential thinker at present in the Anglican episcopate, accepted the new revelation in the following words : " It seems something more majestic, more befitting Him to whom a thousand years are as one day, thus to impress his will once for all on his creation, and provide for all the countless varieties by this one original impress, than by spe- cial acts of creation to be perpetually modifying what he had pre- viously made."
In Scotland the Duke of Argyll, head and front of the ortho- dox party, dissenting in many respects from Darwin's full con- clusions, made concessions which disorganized the old position.
Curiously enough, from the Roman Catholic Church, bitter as some of its writers had been, now came argument to prove that the Catholic faith does not prevent any one " from holding the Darwinian theory," and especially a declaration from an author- ity eminent among American Catholics a declaration which has a very curious sound, but which it would be ungracious to find fault with that " the doctrine of evolution is no more in oppo- sition to the doctrine of the Catholic Church than is the Coper- nican theory or that of Galileo."
Here and there, indeed, men of science like Dawson, Mivart, and Wigand, in view of theological considerations, have sought to make conditions ; but the current is too strong, and we find eminent theologians in every country ready to accept natural selection as at least a very important part in the mechanism of evolution.
At the death of Darwin it was felt that there was but one place in England where his body should be laid, and that this place was next the grave of Sir Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey. The noble address of Canon Farrar at his funeral was echoed from many pulpits in Europe and America, and theologi- cal opposition as such was ended. Occasionally there came, it is true, a survival of the old feeling ; the Rev. Dr. Laing referred to the burial of Darwin in Westminster Abbey as " a proof that Eng-
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land is no longer a Christian country," and added that this burial was a desecration that this honor was given him because he had been " the chief promoter of the mock doctrine of evolution of the species and ape descent of man " ; and this was echoed in Scotland by the Rev. Dr. Lee, who was pleased to call Darwin and his followers " gospelers of the gutter.^'
Still another of these belated prophets was, of all men, Thomas Carlyle. Soured and embittered, in the same spirit which led him to find more heroism in a marauding Viking or in one of Fred- erick the Great's generals than in Washington, or Lincoln, or Grant, and which caused him to see in the American civil war only " the burning out of a foul chimney," he simply saw in Dar- win an " apostle of dirt worship."
The last echoes of this sort of utterance reverberated between Scotland and America. In the former country, in 1885, the Rev. Dr. Lee issued a volume in which it was declared that, if the Darwinian view be true, " there is no place for God " ; that " by no method of interpretation can the language of Holy Scripture be made wide enough to re-echo the orang-outang theory of man's natural history " ; that " Darwinism reverses the revelation of God " and " implies utter blasphemy against the divine and hu- man character of our Incarnate Lord." In one of the intellectual centers of America the editor of a periodical called The Christian urged frantically that " the battle be set in array, and that men find out who is on the Lord's side and who is on the side of the Devil and the monkeys."
To the honor of the Church of England it should be recorded that a considerable number of its truest men opposed such utter- ances as these, and that one of them Farrar, Archdeacon of West- minster made a protest worthy to be held in perpetual remem- brance. While confessing his own inability to accept fully the new scientific belief, he said : " We should consider it disgrace- ful and humiliating to try to shake it by an ad captandum argu- ment, or by a claptrap platform appeal to the unfathomable igno- rance and unlimited arrogance of a prejudiced assembly. We should blush to meet it with an anathema or a sneer."
All opposition had availed nothing ; Darwin's work and fame were secure. As men looked back over his beautiful life simple, honest, tolerant, kindly and thought upon the great truth he had given to mankind, all the attacks faded into nothingness.
There were indeed some dark spots, which as time goes on appear darker. At Trinity College, Cambridge, Whewell, the " omniscient," author of the History of the Inductive Sciences, refused to allow a copy of the Origin of Species to be placed in the library. At multitudes of institutions under theological con- trol Catholic as well as Protestant attempts were made to
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stamp out or to stifle evolutionary teaching. Especially was tliis true for a time in America, and the case of the American College at Beyrout, where nearly all the younger professors were dis- missed for adhering to Darwin's views, is worthy of remembrance. The treatment of Dr. Winchell at the Vanderbilt University in Tennessee showed the same spirit ; one of the truest of men, de- voted to science but of deeply Christian feeling, he was driven forth for views which centered in the Darwinian theory.
Still more striking was the case of Dr. Woodrow. He had, about 1857, been appointed to a professorship of Natural Science as connected with Revealed Religion, in the Presbyterian Semi- nary at Columbia, South Carolina. He was a devoted Christian man, and his training had led him to accept the Presbyterian standards of faith. With great gifts for scientific study he vis- ited Europe, made a most conscientious examination of the main questions under /iiscussion, and adopted the chief points in the doctrine of evolution by natural selection. A struggle soon be- gan. A movement hostile to him grew more and more deter- mined, and at last, in spite of the efforts made in his behalf by the directors of the seminary and by a large and broad-minded minority in the representative bodies controlling it, an orthodox storm, raised by the delegates from various Presbyterian bodies, drove him from his post. Fortunately, he was received into a professorship at the University of South Carolina, where he has since taught with more power than ever before.
This testimony to the faith by American provincial Protest- antism was very properly echoed from Spanish provincial Ca- tholicism. In the year 1878 a Spanish colonial man of science. Dr. Chil y Marango, published a work on the Canary Islands. But Dr. Chil had the imprudence to sketch, in his introduction, the modern hypothesis of evolution, and to exhibit some proofs, found in the Canary Islands, of the barbarism of primitive man. The ecclesiastical authorities, under the lead of Bishop Urquinaona y Bidot, at once grappled with this new idea. By a solemn act they declared it "falsa, impia, scaiidalosa " ; all persons possessing copies of the work were ordered to surrender them at once to the proper ecclesiastics, and the author was placed under the major excommunication, which, in those " fortunate isles," still means social isolation.
But all this opposition may be reckoned among the last ex- piring convulsions of the old theologic theory. Even from the new Catholic University at Washington has come an utterance in favor of the new doctrine, and in other universities in the Old World and in the New the doctrine of evolution by natural selec- tion has asserted its right to full and honest consideration. More than this, it is clearly evident that the stronger men in the
�� � Church have, in these latter days, not only relinquished the struggle against science in this field, but have determined frankly and manfully to make an alliance with it. In two very remarkable lectures given in 1893 at the parish church of Rochdale, Wilson, Archdeacon of Manchester, not only accepts Darwinism as true, but works it with great argumentative power into a higher view of Christianity; and what is of great significance, these sermons were published by the same Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge which only a few years previously had published the most bitter attacks against the Darwinian theory. So, too during the year 1893, Prof. Henry Drummond, whose praise is in all the dissenting churches, developed a similar view most brilliantly in a series of lectures delivered before the American Chautauqua Schools, and published in one of the most widespread of English orthodox newspapers.
Whatever additional factors may be added to natural selection-and Darwin himself fully admitted that there might be others the theory of an evolution process in the formation of the universe and of animated Nature is established, and the old theory of direct creation is gone forever. In place of it science has given us conceptions far more noble, and opened the way to an argument for design infinitely more beautiful than any ever developed by theology.
- For reasons of the bitterness shown regarding the Darwinian hypothesis, see Reusch, Bibel und Natur, vol. ii, pp. 46 et seq. For hostility in the United States toward the Darwinian theory, see among a multitude of writers the following: Dr. Charles Hodge of Princeton, monograph. What is Darwinism? New York, 1874; also his Systematic Theology New York, 1872, vol. ii, part 2, Anthropology. For a laudatory notice of the Rev. E F Burr's demolition of evolution in his book Pater Mundi, see Monthly Religious Magazine Boston, May, 1873, p. 492; also The Light by which we see Light, or Nature and the Scriptures, Vedder Lectures, 1875, Rutgers College, New York, 1875; also Positivism and Evolutionism, in the American Catholic Quarterly, October, 1877, pp. 607, 619; and m the same number. Professor Huxley and Evolution, by Rev. A. M. Kirsch, pp. 662, 664; The Logic of Evolution, by Prof. Edward F. X. McSweeney, D. D., July, 1879, p. 561; Das Hexaemeron und die Geologic, von P. Eirich, Pastor in Albany, N. Y., Lutherischer Concordia-Verlag, St. Louis, Mo., 1878, pp. 81, 82, 84, 92-94; Evolutionism respecting Man and the Bible, by John T. Duffield, of Princeton, January, 1878, Princeton Review, pp. 151 163 154 158 159, 160, 188; A Lecture on Evolution, before the Nineteenth Century Club of New York' May 25, 1886, by ex-President Noah Porter, pp. 4, 26-29; Evolution or Not, extract in the New York Weekly Sun, October 24, 1888, concerning the removal of Rev. Dr James Woodrow, Professor of Natural Science in the Columbia Theological Seminary. For the dealings of Spanish ecclesiastics with Dr. Chil and his Darwinian exposition see the Revue d'Anthropologie, cited in the Academy for April 6, 1878; see also the Catholic World xix, 433, A Discussion with an Infidel, directed against Dr. Louis Büchner and his Kraft und Stoff; also in Mind and Matter, by Rev. James Tait, of Canada, p. 66; m the third edition the author bemoans the "horrible plaudits" that "have accompanied every effort to establish man's brutal descent"; also The Church Journal, New York, May 28, 1874 For the effort in favor of a theological evolution, see Rev. Samuel Houghton, F. R. S., Principles of Animal Mechanics, London, 1873, preface and p. 156 and elsewhere. For details of the persecution of Drs. Winchell and Woodrow, and of the Beyrout professors, with authorities cited, see my chapter on The Fall of Man and Anthropology. For more liberal views among various religionists regarding the Darwinian theory, and for efforts to mitigate and adopt it to theological views, among the great mass of utterances see the following: Charles Kingsley, Letters to Darwin, November 18, 1859, in Darwin's Life and Letters, vol. ii, p. 82; Adam Sedgwick to Charles Darwin, December 24, 1859, see ibid., vol. ii, pp. 856-359; the same to Miss Gerard, January 2, 1860, see Sedgwick's Life and Letters, vol. ii, pp. 859, 360; the same in the Spectator, London, March 24, 1860; The Rambler, March, 1860, cited by Mivart, Genesis of Species, p. 30; The Dublin Review, May, 1860. For a review of the Origin of Species, The Christian Examiner, Boston, May, 1860, on the Origin of Species; Charles Kingsley to F. D. Maurice in 1863, see Kingsley's Life, vol. ii, p. 171; Adam Sedgwick to Livingstone (the explorer), March 16, 1865; see Life and Letters of Sedgwick, vol. ii, pp. 410-412; The Duke of Argyll, The Reign of Law, New York, pp. 16, 18, 31, 116, 117, 120, 159; Joseph P. Thompson, D. D., LL. D., Man in Genesis and Geology, New York, 1870, pp. 48, 49, 82; James Freeman Clarke, a review in the Old and New Magazine, Boston, September, 1870, on his Steps of Belief; Canon H. P. Liddon, Sermons preached before the University of Oxford, 1871, Sermon III; St. George Mivart, Evolution and its Consequences, Contemporary Review, January, 1872; British and Foreign Evangelical Review, vol. xxi, p. 18, 1872, article on The Theory of Evolution; also pp. 2, 22, 8, 9, 15; The Lutheran Quarterly, Gettysburg, Pa., April, 1872, article by Rev. Cyrus Thomas, Assistant United States Geological Survey, on The Descent of Man, pp. 214, 239, 372-376; The Lutheran Quarterly, July, 1873, article. Some Assumptions against Christianity, by Rev. C. A. Stork, Baltimore, Md., pp. 325, 326; also in same number, see a review of Dr. Burr's Pater Mundi, pp. 474, 475, and contrast with the review in the Andover Review of that period; an article in the Religious Magazine and Monthly Review, Boston, on Religion and Evolution, by Rev. S. R. Calthrop, September, 1873, p. 200; The Popular Science Monthly, January, 1874, article Genesis, Geology, and Evolution, by Rev. George Henslow — this article first appeared in his book Evolution and Religion; article by Asa Gray, Nature, London, June 4, 1874; Materialism, by Rev. W. Streissguth, Lutheran Quarterly, July, 1875, originally written in German, and translated by J. G. Morris, D. D., pp. 406, 408; Darwinismus und Christenthum, von R. Steck, Ref. Pfarrer in Dresden, Berlin, 1875, pp. 5, 6, and 26, reprinted from the Protestantische Kirchenzeitung, and issued as a tract by the Protestantenverein; Oscar Peschel, Abhandlungen zur Erd-und Völkerkunde, Leipsic, 1877, pp. 503, 504 — this article first appeared in Ausland, for January 2, 1869 (Peschel was editor of this weekly magazine); Rev. W. E. Adams, article in the Lutheran Quarterly, April, 1879, on Evolution: shall it be Atheistic? John Wood, Bible Anticipations of Modern Science, 1880, pp. 18, 19, 22; Lutheran Quarterly, January, 1881, Some Postulates of the New Ethics, by Rev. C. A. Stork, D. D.; Lutheran Quarterly, January, 1882, The Religion of Evolution as against the Religion of Jesus, Prof. W. H. Wynn, Iowa State Agricultural College — this article was republished as a pamphlet; Canon Liddon, prefatory note to sermon on the Recovery of St. Thomas, pp. 4, 11, 12, 13, and 26, preached in St. Paul's Cathedral, April 23, 1882; Lutheran Quarterly, January, 1882, Evolution and the Scripture, by Rev. John A. Earnest, pp. 101, 105; Glimpses in the Twilight, by Rev. F. G. Lee, D. D., Edinburgh, 1885, especially pp. 18 and 19; the Hibbert Lectures for 1883, by Rev.. Charles Beard, pp. 392, 393 et seg.; F. W. Farrar, D. D., Canon of Westminster, The History of Interpretation, being the Barrington Lectures for 1885, pp. 426, 427; Bishop Temple, Barrington Lectures, pp. 184-186; article Evolution, in the Dictionary of Religion, edited by Rev. William Benham, 1887; Prof. Huxley, An Episcopal Trilogy, Nineteenth Century, November, 1887 — this article discusses three sermons delivered by the Bishops of Carlisle, Bedford, and Manchester, in Manchester Cathedral, during the meeting of the British Association, September, 1887; these sermons were afterward published in pamphlet form under the title. The Advance of Science; John Fiske, Darwinism, and other Essays, Boston, 1888; Harriet Mackenzie, Evolution illuminating the Bible,