It is sent out with the prayer that He who is Truth incarnate may lead those in both the Church and the Schools who really want to know the truth at all cost to a common attitude toward Himself, to a common, because truly scientific, method of investigating truth in both the natural and the spiritual realms, and therefore to a common goal which will unite them against all those forces that seek to capture both the Church and the Schools for the enemy.
ical and the geological realms of natural science.
=a.= We will consider, first, the so-called proofs taken from the =biological= realm.
Darwin's theory was arrived at from data taken from the biological realm, and consists of two doctrines. One is the doctrine of =natural selection=, which was his own personal contribution to the discussion, and the other is that of =the inheritance of acquired characters=, which he borrowed from Lamarck. The former is the doctrine meant when pure Darwinism is referred to.
(i). The Doctrine of Natural Selection.
Darwin himself said:
We cannot prove that a single species has changed,
Many of the objections to the hypothesis of evolution are so serious I can hardly reflect on them without being staggered.
Dr. N. S. Shaler, department of geology, Harvard, says:
It begins to be evident that the Darwinian hypothesis is still essentially unverified.... It is not yet proven that a single species of the two or