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Church to apologize to Darwin

Published September 16th, 2008 by Bobby Henderson
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The Church of England has decided to apologize to Darwin. Excerpt from The Telegraph:

The Church of England will concede in a statement that it was over-defensive and over-emotional in dismissing Darwin’s ideas. It will call “anti-evolutionary fervour” an “indictment” on the Church.

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.

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.

You can read more about it here.



32 Responses to “Church to apologize to Darwin”

  1. Joe Blow says:

    I think Thomas Jefferson should apologise for killing the Barbary Coast Pirate Dudes.

    and that the pope should say he’s sorry for teaching the world how to torture.

  2. Advantageous Mongoose says:

    “getting our first reaction wrong”

    and for getting the next 150 years of ‘considered and reasoned argument-ahem’ wrong too.

    The Vatican is still refusing to say ‘sorry’, but at least they don’t want Creationism to masquerade as science.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSLG62672220080916?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0

  3. Jon the Cabin Boy says:

    Why apologize? Christianity does these things over and over and over again?

    Its not strictly true these days with at least the major European based churches. The catholic church has a lot of scientific advisors these days and while they may twist and manipulate science they arent going to state and automatically provable lie (they just present christianity in a way that appears compatible)

  4. Fusillier says:

    “faith seeking understanding”????!!!?????> LOL LOL LOL LMFAO

  5. Clemens says:

    It’s evolution in progress: Adapt to your environment or go extinct. That’s what the church does. Why do you think all of the sudden they did not support slavery and absolutism anymore and were eager to tell us that the values of enlightenment are indeed the values of Christianity?

  6. Cap'n Crunchy Breadsticks says:

    Yaar, two days til 19 September… at least down here in the South Seas, where we imbibe our grog and grab our wenches (or swabbies, in my case) and honour our fallen brethren by engaging in the sacred dialogue. And what a coincidence! On our noodly master’s high holy day.

    Day of rest indeed. Pull a sickie, drink beer, make big pasta dinner and engage in pirate activities of a debaucherous nature.

    I’ll be skippin out on work with ye, ET

  7. Marcus Aurelius says:

    Well, at least they’re trying…

  8. Fliegenden Nudeln says:

    How glad I am that I was born in the 20th Century. If I had been born a few hundred years ealier in the “enlightened” Christian world, I would probably have been burned at the stake for my nonconforming attitude. Will we be seeing apologies to the “witches” and “heretics” that were killed by Christian fanatics?

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