Charles Darwin (12 February 180919 April 1882) was a British naturalist who achieved lasting fame as originator of the theory of evolution through natural selection.
He developed his interest in natural history while studying first medicine, then theology, at university. Five years on the Voyage of the Beagle brought him eminence as a geologist and fame as a popular author. His observations of biology led him to study transmutation of species and develop his theory of natural selection in 1838. Fully aware of the likely reaction, he confided only in close friends and researched to meet anticipated objections, but in 1858 the information that Alfred Russel Wallace now had a similar theory forced early joint publication of Darwin's theory.
His 1859 book The Origin of Species established evolution by common descent as the dominant scientific theory of diversification in nature. He continued his research and wrote a series of books on plants and animals, now including mankind in The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex and The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. His last book was about earthworms.
In a national recognition of Darwin's pre-eminence, he was buried in Westminster Abbey, close to Sir William Herschel and Sir Isaac Newton.
Darwin may have died but his theories live on, and they will continue to live on as long as man wants to believe that there is no God and that this amazing world that we live in just happened by chance. As long as that is the case we will always have Darwin's theories of evolution and natural selection. Christians who believe in the creation, however, rest assured that, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1 [continues]
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