The Ethical Aspects of Evolution

The Ethical Aspects of Evolution

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The Ethical Aspects of Evolution

The Ethical Aspects of Evolution

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A volume entitled The Romance of Evolution, and containing Mr. Kimball's essays upon the contact of the philosophy of evolution with the religious traditions and sentiments, has recently been published with a brief memorial preface which need not be repeated here. Mr. Kimball believed that evolution was the friend and ally of religion and not its enemy, that while it had overthrown an outgrown theology, it had opened the way for more rational and ethical interpretations of religion. He held that it had removed the foundations of religion from the quicksands of external authority and of supernaturalism to the solid basis of reason and experience.

The present volume contains some of Mr. Kimball's most characteristic lectures upon the relation of the doctrine of evolution to the ethical questions of his generation. Many of them were delivered before the Brooklyn Ethical Society and, in some cases, originally bore slightly different titles. Mr. Kimball believed in democracy and in human brotherhood. He believed in equality of privilege for every one.

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