This report is an extended interview with Mary Midgley.
This report explores the concept of God and evolution in Britain today.
2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species. The evidence for evolution by natural selection is overwhelming, only enhanced by recent advances in genetics. However, new research commissioned by Theos reveals that anti–evolutionary views enjoy significant support in the UK.
The authors argue that we need to rescue Darwin from the crossfire of this battle, respect him as an exceptional natural scientist (rather than some kind of anti–theologian) and restore him to the position that he himself articulated in the final years of his life: “It seems to me absurd to doubt that a man may be an ardent Theist & an evolutionist.”
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Nick is Senior Fellow at Theos. He is the author of a number of books and reports, most recently The Political Samaritan: how power hijacked a parable (Bloomsbury, 2017), The Evolution of the West (SPCK, 2016) and Atheists: The Origin of the Species (Bloomsbury, 2014).
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