Thursday, September 18, 2008

unaccepted reconciliation

the church of england just issued a formal apology to darwin.

Andrew Darwin, a great-great grandson of the scientist, said: "Why bother? When an apology is made after 200 years, it's not so much to right a wrong, but to make the person or organization making the apology feel better."

thing is, andrew doesn't get it.

this is a solid move by the church to reconcile the gap between faith and science, much in the same way the catholic church did with galileo (notice, too, that the catholics were much more accepting of darwin et al than the anglicans...almost like they'd learned from their earlier mistakes).

this is a good apology. it models reconciliation. we reacted in fear then, and many of us are still reacting in fear now...the example of the church helps us move past our fears.

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