I fail to see what purpose apologies like this serve.  I can understand things like the apology from the state of virginia to the African-American community for slavery, because that was in effect something that was sponsored by the state, and it stands a chance of maybe fostering some understanding between the African-American and Caucasian communities.  But an apology from the Church of england to Charles Darwin? Is there any evidence that he was put out by the church not accepting evolution? If someone could leave something in the comments about this I’ll be happy to update the post. 

Charles Darwin to receive apology from the Church of England for rejecting evolution

Sections of Church likely to be dismayed by Darwin move

The Church of England will concede in a statement that it was over-defensive and over-emotional in dismissing Darwin’s ideas. It will call “anti-evolutionary fervour” an “indictment” on the Church”.

The bold move is certain to dismay sections of the Church that believe in creationism and regard Darwin’s views as directly opposed to traditional Christian teaching.

The apology, which has been written by the Rev Dr Malcolm Brown, the Church’s director of mission and public affairs, says that Christians, in their response to Darwin’s theory of natural selection, repeated the mistakes they made in doubting Galileo’s astronomy in the 17th century.

“The statement will read: Charles Darwin: 200 years from your birth, the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still. We try to practise the old virtues of ‘faith seeking understanding’ and hope that makes some amends.”

Opposition to evolutionary theories is still “a litmus test of faithfulness” for some Christian movements, the Church will admit. It will say that such attitudes owe much to a fear of perceived threats to Christianity.

The comments are included on a Church of England website promoting the views of Charles Darwin to be launched on Monday.



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