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Church makes ‘ludicrous’ apology to Charles Darwin - 126 years after his death

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14 09 08 - 06:08
The Church of England will tomorrow officially apologise to Charles Darwin for misunderstanding his theory of evolution.

In a bizarre step, the Church will address its contrition directly to the Victorian scientist himself, even though he died 126 years ago.

But the move was greeted with derision last night, with Darwin’s great-great-grandson dismissing it as ‘pointless’ and other critics branding it ‘ludicrous’.

An article to be posted on the Church’s website will say: ‘Charles Darwin, 200 years from your birth [in 1809], the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still.

‘But the struggle for your reputation is not over yet, and the problem is not just your religious opponents but those who falsely claim you in support of their own interests.’
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This is very interesting, following days after moves were made to introduce by "The Royal Society" to introduce the teaching of creationism in science classes at school. It suggests that there could be many in the church who consider creationism to be as stupid as do those who entirely reject it in favour of Darwinian evolution . Some Christians like to say God in some way created the process of evolution. But that still puts them at odds with those pushing so-called "intelligent design"

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