Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Thomas Henry Huxley: Why Evolution Matters

This semester I'm attending two very interesting seminars: one one the Reception of Darwinism in America in the 19th and 20th Century and one one its philosophical and theological implications from todays perspective.

In my reading pack I just found a very nice quote by "Darwin's Bulldog", Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895):

"The question of questions for mankind --the problem which underlies all others, and is more deeply interesting than any other--is the ascertainment of the place which Man occupies in nature and of his relations to the universe of things. Whence our race has come; what are the limits of our power over nature, and of nature's power over us; to what goal we are tending; are the problems which present themselves anew and with undiminished interest to every man born into the world."
(T.H. Huxley, Evidence as to Man's Place in Nature, 1864, p. 58)

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