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Sanitizing Darwin

March 13th, 2007 | 3 min read

By Matthew Lee Anderson

Jesus was no stranger to controversial or confusing claims:  "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace on the earth.  I did not bring come to bring peace, but a sword."   "Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him."
It is the duty of Christians to understand, to embrace, and even to proclaim such statements.  When we fail to do so, we will have lost our intellectual integrity, and more importantly, separated ourselves from the fountainhead of our religion.  Christianity, as a religion, cannot be separated from its founder and still remain Christianity.
While Darwin may not have been the first proponent of his theory, he is widely acclaimed as its most influential modern advocate.  It is Darwin, as Dawinks famously put it, that made it intellectually respectable to be an atheist.

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Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is an Associate Professor of Ethics and Theology in Baylor University's Honors College. He has a D.Phil. in Christian Ethics from Oxford University, and is a Perpetual Member of Biola University's Torrey Honors College. In 2005, he founded Mere Orthodoxy.