How Darwin's Theory Changed the World

by Melvin Rhodes

A great deal of attention has been given to how Darwin's theory of evolution contradicts the biblical account of creation. But little attention has been paid to how his theory changed the world's thinking in dangerous ways. A century and a half after the publication of The Origin of Species, it's difficult for us today to appreciate the seismic shift in attitudes that began with its publication. Most of us have grown up having been taught Darwin's theory in our schools. Many people accept it unquestioningly. Few question the teaching of his ideas in our public schools. But it was very different in 1859.

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