The Church, the Schools and Evolution
=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