Charles Darwin was born February 12, 1809. He became one of the world’s greatest scientists, and certainly its greatest biologist. His birth date deserves our recognition.
However, I’m a bit leery about an advertising campaign by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. It’s funding a Colorado sign stating, “Praise Darwin; Evolve Beyond Belief.” Darwin certainly does merit our praise. However, his central significance is not the stir he’s caused among the religious; it is his contributions to science. And the advice, “evolve beyond belief,” doesn’t mean anything. A belief can be true or false. The only way to evolve beyond belief is to quit thinking. The proper goal is to reach true beliefs and shed false ones.