Of Apes and Ancestors: Evolution, Christianity, and the by Ian Hesketh

By Ian Hesketh

Tell me, sir, is it in your grandmother's or your grandfather's facet that you're descended from an ape?

In June of 1860, a few of Britain's such a lot influential clinical and spiritual experts amassed in Oxford to listen to a heated debate at the advantages of Charles Darwin's lately released Origin of Species. The Bishop of Oxford, "Soapy" Samuel Wilberforce, clashed swords with Darwin's so much outspoken supporter, Thomas Henry Huxley. The latter's triumph, amid quips approximately apes and ancestry, has develop into a mythologized occasion, symbolizing the meant warfare among technological know-how and Christianity. yet did the talk fairly ensue during this way?

Of Apes and Ancestors argues that this one-dimensional interpretation was once developed and disseminated by way of Darwin's supporters, changing into an imagined victory within the fight to beat Anglican dogmatism. by means of reconstructing the Oxford debate and punctiliously contemplating the person views of the most contributors, Ian Hesketh argues that private jealousies agendas performed a formative function in shaping the reaction to Darwin's speculation, with spiritual anxieties overlapping with an entire host of alternative cultural and clinical issues. An soaking up learn, Of Apes and Ancestors sheds gentle at the origins of a debate that keeps, unresolved, to this day.

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