Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution

Posted on August 28, 2008. Filed under: Philosophical Crap, Theological Crap |

Theodosius Dobzhansky was a briliant biologist, geneticist and a Christian.  He was one of the heavy hitters in the development of the Theory of Evolution in the earlier through middle parts of the twentieth century, best known for his modern evolutionary synthesis.  I ran across what could argueably be the greatest article that he’d ever written “Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution“.  I wanted to post it here because I think it’s a great article and a great primer for those who may have grown weary of the creationist/intelligent design discussions that have been wending their way through Christian circles in one form of another for a very long time. 

One of the greatest quotes from the article summarizes Dobzhansky’s thoughts on science and faith:

Does the evolutionary doctrine clash with religious faith? It does not. It is a blunder to mistake the Holy Scriptures for elementary textbooks of astronomy, geology, biology, and anthropology. Only if symbols are construed to mean what they are not intended to mean can there arise imaginary, insoluble conflicts. As pointed out above, the blunder leads to blasphemy: the Creator is accused of systematic deceitfulness.”

Although it is somewhat dated (having been published in 1973) it is still relevant to the issues that arise in discussions of science and faith, especially those tending towards evolution.  For those who find Dobzhansky’s article interesting and might want to see a bit more of his thought in action I would recommend reading Genetics and the Origin of Species (Classics of Modern Evolution Series)

The idea of evolution and faith may not be your cup of tea or you may think that a person who holds to one or another is sacrificing either spiritual or intellectual integrity but with honesty and patience a dialogue could form where an understanding may be formed for both sides.

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