Charles Darwin The Descent of Man Notes by Dr. Honora M. Finkelstein   Darwin was reluctant to publish the implications of his research on evolution because he was sure it would cause the kind of controversy in religion that it did. It flew in the face of the Judeo-Christian origins of mankind, which insisted on one pair of first parents in about 4000 B.C. The most frightening meaning of evolution for many who insisted on the fundamental literalness of the biblical account of creation was that if evolution was true, they the Bible was not, and hence the account of God creating the world at a specific point in time was all a house of cards. If evolution was true, said many, they men must be without souls and life without purpose. A contemporary of Darwin, the Catholic writer Father John Newman, had no problem reconciling evolution with traditional religion; he just didn't take God out of the picture. He said the seven days of creation could have been many millions of years, and that at some point God instilled a sentient, rational soul in man. DNA studies of our most ancient ancestors have suggested our common progenitors originated in Africa. This in and of itself is almost as distasteful to some modern humans as the idea of evolution itself was to the common man in the 19th century, but along with evolution, it seems to be something science is bringing ever more evidence of the truth of. If we stopped with Darwin, whose conclusions were based on the best facts of his time, then indeed we might have to believe, after examining his results, that humans have no souls. However, a body of evidence is growing that consciousness exists irrespective of the physical body. Many other cultures have done far more research in this than our own, but the implication is that there are more "facts" yet to be considered about the reality of the "soul" and about the nature of man's purpose. Made with Xara Website by Susan Smily