Happy Darwin Day everyone. Just to be clear, this has nothing to do with the Darwin Awards – one award no one with half a brain every want to win.
Nope, today is Darwin Day and it's a worldwide celebration of Charles Darwin (who would have been 200 years old today) – the father of the theory of evolution.
Darwin is arguably one of the most controvertial figures in the last several hundred years and his teachings have spurned endless debate and even violent clashes over the 150 years since he published his book On the Origin of Species.
Evolution is the accepted scientific theory of man's evolment in most of the world today, but it hasn't always been that way. I've appeared twice in the play Inherit the Wind – about the Scopes Monkey Trials of 1920s Tennessee. It's kind of a boring play, but it's a fascinating look at how parts of America (and I'm assuming the world) thought that Darwin was not only wrong, but evil. Many people viewed Darwin's theory of evolution and the survival of the fittest to be in direct contrast with the theory of divine creation.
Whatever you believe today, you can't deny the impact that Charles Darwin had and still has on the world. Interestingly, as far as I know, the theory of evolution is still a theory. It's never been completely proven.
Makes me wonder…
Happy Darwin Day.