mercredi, février 18, 2009

Charles and John

It's 150 years since Charles Darwin published Origin of Species. Say that, and you've said a heck of a lot.

His theory of evolution has revolutionized science, with the Vatican holding a conference this year on evolution--and trying, apparently, to figure out how they can "baptize" his ideas into the Catholic tradition. As in--what do Darwin and Aquinas have in common?

It's also the 500th birthday of the theologian and proponent of predestination John Calvin. His influence is pretty enormous, too.

What would the two men have thought of each other's ideas? Not a whole lot, I assume. But you never know. If they happen to have ended up in the same place, or even adjacent places, one can imagine a very interesting dialogue.

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