Recent Works Bearing On The Relation Of Science To Religion -- By: G. Frederick Wright

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 033:132 (Oct 1876)
Article: Recent Works Bearing On The Relation Of Science To Religion
Author: G. Frederick Wright

Recent Works Bearing On The Relation Of Science To Religion

Rev. G. Frederick Wright

III. — Objections To Darwinism, And The Rejoinders Of Its Advocates

Gray (Professor Asa, M.D.). Darwiniana: Essays and Reviews pertaining to Darwinism. By Asa Gray, Fisher Professor of Natural History [Botany], in Harvard University. New York: D. Apple ton and Co. 12mo. pp. 394.

This is mainly a collection of Articles previously published, but with a very valuable supplementary paper on “Darwinian Teleology.”

Mivart (St. George). 1. “Specific Genesis,” a reply, in the North American Review, Vol. cxiv. pp. 450-468, to Chauncey Wright’s strictures on his “Genesis of Species.”

2. Lessons from Nature as manifested in Mind and Matter, pp. 462. New York. 1876. This is largely a recast of review articles.

Max Müller 1. Essays on Darwinism and Language. Frazer’s Magazine for May, June, and July, 1873. Republished in Littell’s Living Age.

2. Chips from a German Workshop. New York. 1876. Vol. iv. pp. 417-455, being a reply to Mr. Whitney’s Essays in the North American as they were reproduced in the Contemporary Review for November 1874, by Mr. George Darwin.

Smith (John Cotton, D.D.). Miscellanies, Old and New. New York. 1876.

Whitney (Professor Wm. Dwight). 1. Articles in North American Review, Vol. cxiv. pp. 272-308; Vol. cxviii. pp. 61-88. The first a refutation of Steinthal’s theory of the Origin of Language; the second of Max Muller’s Essays on Darwinism and Language.
2. Language and the Study of Language, pp.505. New York. 1868.
3. Oriental and Linguistic Studies (1st Series, pp. 416; 2d Series, pp. 431). New York. 1873, 1874. These two are largely a collection of review articles.1

The period which has elapsed since the publication of the first edition of Darwin’s Origin of Species, has not been un-

improved by its opponents. Of the relation of this theory to theology and the Bible we are to speak in future papers in this Journal. In the present number, we will confine ourselves to the points urged against the theory by men of science.

I. A Mere Theory

The comprehensive objection to the view that species have been transmuted into one another mainly through the agency of natural selection is, that it is a mere theory, supported by some vague analogies and by very few facts. It is alleged that nearly all the facts upon which the view is based had been before the world for a half-century or more, a...

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