The Dogma of Evolution

The Dogma of Evolution

The Dogma of Evolution

The Dogma of Evolution

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Since the Renaissance, which reached its full development in Italy during the fifteenth century, man has fallen more and more under the domination of science and has correspondingly relaxed the authority of religion. It is this fundamental change in attitude of mind which most distinguishes us from the Middle Ages. Try as we will, we utterly fail to understand the mental state of those who subordinated reason to faith, who regarded the miraculous as more trustworthy than the natural, and who condemned mortal desires as the enemy of the soul. On the other hand the history of civilization, since the Renaissance, is like the unfolding of the connected biography of a man from youth to maturity.

The rise of modern science may be dated from the publication of the heliocentric system of Copernicus in 1543. The profound change in thought, which the mere substitution of the sun as the centre of our planetary system and the ascription of two motions to the earth were destined to produce, was not recognized at first. In fact, the Church did not foresee the theological and social consequences of this theory un-

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