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|Darwin in 1854|
The contextScience is not value-free, and the language and concepts of Darwinism are those of the economic and social doctrines of the time. Darwin's Origin of Species was published at a particularly sensitive time, when scientists were making a bid for cultural supremacy.
The keystone of traditional naturalism was Archdeacon William Paley’s Natural Theology, which Darwin studied at Cambridge. The argument was simple and apparently convincing:
- Life was good because through the kindness of God, all human beings were adapted to their surroundings;
- Animals, including humans, are complex beings from the divine workshop, exquisitely fitted to their place in the world.
- This proves there must be a designer.