Hmmnnnn..... I didn't know that!
But according to this source
, western thought pretty much maintained the idea that species are unalterable until the 1800's, and Darwin was the one who really made evolution fly. And this source
says the ancient Greeks had an idea about evolution, "...but the early Christians opposed the idea and destroyed all of the works that promoted it or any other naturalistic explanations for earthly phenomena." They do seem pretty biased against Christianity, though. However, that source also supports the idea that Darwin was the one who made evolution take off.
But even if evolution were a wide-spread popular teaching earlier than Darwin, I would still maintain that it isn't the teaching of 'evolution' per se that has destroyed society, but purposefully leaving God out of the process. And that "leaving out God" is a conscious effort by the leaders of our society (here's a good example
from a Berkeley University web site for teachers).
I like the Catholic position on evolution/creation:
- The essential thing is to understand that God created out of nothing the universe and everything in it. Nothing physical or spiritual exists that he did not create.
- We do not know whether everything was created entire as it exists now or was created and continued developing; if things continued developing, they did so under divine plan.
- Concerning Man: Man's body may have developed from previous creatures (under God's guidance), but his SOUL is a special creation.
- A Christian may believe in instant creation or developing creation, but not in atheistic creation. (More information).
In faith, Dave
Forgive everyone everything.