The Other Evolutionist
Job 38: 4
“Where were you when I founded the earth? Let me know, if you have intelligence. “
Everyone knows that “The Modern Theory of Evolution” was described in detail by Charles Darwin in his famous work, The Origin of Species , published in 1859. What is not so well known is that Darwin was anticipated by another evolutionist, Alfred Russel Wallace.
In the late 1850s, Wallace was in what is now Malaysia, where he was collecting specimens to sell to collectors in order to raise money. He was also writing about his discoveries and his thoughts. It was during this time that he developed his concept of the separation of fauna in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) into Eurasia in the West and Australasia in the East. The separation between these areas is known as the Wallace Line.
From 1856 to 1858, Wallace wrote to Darwin a couple of times, and the “discovery” of “Evolution” by natural selection with modification was originally jointly credited to Darwin and Wallace – although Darwin was given pre-eminence, mainly because it was a Victorian gentleman, while Wallace was of more modest education.
In fact, there is a great contrast between these two evolutionists. Darwin was widely supported by his father’s money. Wallace had to travel and collect specimens to make money. Darwin had all the advantages of a privileged education. Wallace was mostly self-taught. Darwin was, from secular points of view, practically atheist. Wallace was a spiritist and believed that his theory had come to him through familiar spirits.
However, it should come as no surprise that neither Darwin nor Wallace gave glory to God for their ideas. The ideas of both men contradict the Word of God.
Prayer: Father, many men have their own ideas about how the world came into being. Thank you for telling us the truth, so that we really know how we came to be here. Amen.
Ref: Britannica Encyclopedia, <https://www.britannica.com/biography/Alfred-Russel-Wallace>, accessed 1/31/2018.
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