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Darwinism and Faith

Peter Hinchliff

in Benjamin Jowett and the Christian Religion

Published in print November 1987 | ISBN: 9780198266884
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683091 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266884.003.0008
Darwinism and Faith

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In 1871, soon after becoming master, Jowett had preached a long sermon on ‘Darwinism and Faith in God’ in which both his anxiety about and his basic ignorance of the scientific hypothesis are very apparent. We are told in books, he said, that man is descended from the lower animals. The danger is that man, if he is told that he is only an animal, may resolve to live like an animal. In a passage with a delightfully characteristic overtone of snobbery, Jowett likened humanity reading Darwin to ‘some scion of a noble house who is suddenly informed that all his life long he has been mistaken and that he was really of ignoble birth’. Equally characteristically he refused to join the obscurantists.

Keywords: Benjamin Jowett; scientific hypothesis; sermon; Darwin

Chapter.  10745 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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