The Impact of Darwinism and the Concept of the Soul

Speaker(s): Edward Larson
Date: Jan 17, 2006
Length: 1:10:55
Product ID: RGDL3602A

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The theory of organic evolution was quickly accepted by Victorian Era Scientists in the years following Darwin's publication of Origin of Species in 1859, but many of them resisted the full implications of Darwinism for the human soul. Popular sentiment was similar. Animals may have evolved and perhaps even the human body, but not the human soul. This became the flashpoint of controversy, splitting Darwin and T.H. Huxley from their friends and fellow evolutionists Charles Lyell and Alfred Russel Wallace. The Controversy continues today, as reflected in Pope John Paul's 1996 message in which he accepted the idea of evolution as "more than just a hypothesis" but maintained that God supernaturally created the human soul. In this lecture Dr. Larson will trace the history of this ongoing debate from its origin in Victorian Britain in the 1860's.

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Edward J. Larson (JD, Harvard University; PhD, University of Wisconsin) is Herman E. Talmadge Chair of Law & Richard B. Russell Professor of American History at the University of Georgia School of Law. He is the author of several books, including Evolution: A History of the Theory and Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion, and was the 1998 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in History.

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