150 years later…
The head of the public affairs department for the Church of England, Rev. Malcolm Brown, issued a statement to mark Darwin's bicentenary and the 150th anniversary of his famous work "On the Origin of Species," both of which fall next year. The Reverend said the Church of England should apologize for misunderstanding Darwin at the time he released his findings and encouraging others to misunderstand him – even though no official apology has been issued.
An entire book could be devoted to the following topic but for the sake of this medium, we’ll just summarize a few of the most important highlights.
The first interesting thing is that churches are becoming more and more known for apologizing for their wrongdoings, many of which have been actual atrocities of the past. Being in the business of slavery, conquering indigenous peoples all over the world in the name of god, stealing their land, committing genocide, treating women as subservient, second-class citizens who are only procreation vessels, teaching that blacks or women had no souls…the list goes on and we are sure the churches will continue apologizing as they are eventually forced to on a case by case basis.
More interestingly, however, is the fact that many churches have started to realize that they have been wrong about so many things in the past which they judged heretical yet science eventually proved correct. But they never gave in easily! It always takes centuries to even admit they were wrong, much less to apologize! Over the past 5 centuries, science has proven wrong one “sacred mystery of life” after another and continues to bulldoze through ancient “only truth” dogma at the constant protests of religious leaders. No surprise. ;-)