LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
DARWIN AND HIS WORKS.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE ADVERTISER.
SIR, - Having listened to this lecture, I unhesitatingly assert that it was an attack on Christianity and its teachers, whereas the grand old man, CHARLES DARWIN, was an ardent admirer of even the work of Foreign Missions, being a subscriber to the funds of the South American Missionary Society which belongs to the Church of England. Why, sir, MR. DARWIN hadn't the slightest sympathy with men like DR. AVELING or MESSRS. BRADLAUGH, WATTS, and Company, who are simply atheists. That your readers may know what CHARLES DARWIN thinks about these declaimers of Christianity, I beg their earnest attention to the following trenchant remarks on their mischievous and unprincipled attacks on all Christian work.
In his "Voyages of a Naturalist", p. 414, MR. DARWIN says - "There are many who attack, even more acrimoniously than KITZEBUE, the missionaries, their system, and the effects produced by it. Such reasoners never compare the present state with only twenty years ago, nor even with that of Europe at this day, but they compare it with the high standard of Gospel perfection. They expect the missionaries to do that which the Apostles themselves failed to do, and inasmuch as the condition of the people falls short of this high standard, blame is attached to the missionary instead of credit for that which he has effected".
MR. DARWIN, after mentioning many sinful habits of the past says - "They forget, or will not remember, that all these have been abolished, and that dishonesty, intemperance, and licentiousness have been greatly reduced by the introduction of Christianity. But it is useless to argue against such reasoners. I believe that disappointed in not finding the field for licentiousness quite so open as formerly, they will not give credit to a morality which they do not wish to practice, or to a religion which they under value, if not despise".
I hope, sir, the chairman will take note of these words, and take warning before it is too late - "Evil communications corrupt good manners".
As regards the origin of life, MR. DARWIN, in the "Descent of Man", second ed., p. 66, says: - "In what manner the mental powers were first developed in the lowest organisms, is as hopeless an inquiry as to how life itself originated. These are problems for the distant future, if they are ever to be solved by man".
The Bible account exactly explains this beginning of life. The matter was there, but it was without form and void, when the Divine influences submitted it to the beautiful laws of development or evolution. The theory of evolution simply shows how this influence is ever working, that the world was not simply formed and then left without guidance, but that God's governance is always guiding His creatures to a higher state.
The unity of the world proves the finish of creation, and clearly indicates the knowledge and wisdom, the power and goodness of God, who said, "Let there be light, and there was light".
Why didn't the Doctor bring us an educated ape able to solve mathematical problems, translate VIRGIL, and propose a vote of thanks to the chairman who, no doubt, would have felt highly complimented with his new relations ?
Yours, &c., MOSES.