This news article was published by Mail Online, a couple of years ago in 2008, as the article also references Sarah Palin as a US Vice Presidential Candidate. The Church of England apologized to Darwin for its years of attacks claiming that they misunderstood his theory of evolution. This comes 126 years after Charles Darwin’s death. The apology is considered to be similar to Pope John Paul II’s apology to Galileo for his Vatican trial. Charles Darwin’s great grandson dismissed the apology as pointless, but did say that the apology would have pleased Darwin as his wife was a committed Christian, and that he never wished to offend anyone.
Many people criticized the apology as being “ludicrous” saying that, “the Church already apologized for slavery and the crusades, when is it all going to stop?” In this article we see a conflict of opinions based on motive and point of this apology. The Church claims that it is trying to relieve itself of the wrongs committed by their predecessors. Critics view this as pointless and see this as making the Church of England look weak.
I think that this article poses a question. What does this apology accomplish? When you dig deeper in this article it references a debate that took place in England between Darwin’s theory and the Church’s theory. Playing off of these earlier tensions in society that occurred all over the world and in the United States, I also think of the Following Question. If Darwin’s theory had been first introduced today, would we be more accepting of his theory, or is it the conflict that has moved us as a society to the point we are now?
Petre, Mail on Sunday Reporter, Jonathan. “Church Makes ‘ludicrous’ Apology to Charles Darwin – 126 Years after His Death.” Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 13 Sept. 2008. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.