People who believe in evolution made Darwin into their hero, the flag bearer of a new Age of Reason, a symbol for man’s liberation from the chains of religious belief. In reality, he was a medical school drop-out unable to tell which bird was what. He eventually graduated from Cambridge with a degree in theology, and he was planning to become a priest.
“To a certain extent, Darwinian evolutionism is not much different from religious creationism. It only claims it is. The core idea advanced in the theory of evolution, the allegation that some species have evolved along the time into different ones by the way of acquiring additional parts is based on an infinite of missing links, as in missing evidence, and on blind belief in the miracles of natural selection.” – A Time of Change
As far as we can tell, the initial show of support for the theory by the very few who were behind Darwin and Huxley may have been rooted into their honest desire to find a rational explanation for the origin of life. They really wanted to once and forever debunk a religious dogma they knew it was founded on falsehood and irrational. The conclusions Darwin reached, however, were mere assumptions and obvious misinterpretations of known facts. If Darwin’s allegation that random gradual evolution and natural selection can explain the origin of life was solidly based on reason and fact, we would not have the pronounced split on its validity we have today even among evolutionary scientists. Indeed, contrary to our perception regarding this issue, there are actually quite a few versions of evolutionary theory vehiculated among the evolutionists to begin with, and Darwin’s is only one of them. The public is made to believe though that this is a battle waged exclusively by Darwinists and creationists, and that is simply false.
grounded on the belief that each new variety, and ultimately each new species, is produced and maintained by having some advantage over those with which it comes into competition; and the consequent extinction of less-favoured forms almost inevitably follows.
it will appear certain that all these modifications of species, their extinction, and the introduction of new ones, cannot be owing to mere changes in marine currents or other causes more or less local and temporary, but depend on general laws which govern the whole animal kingdom. (On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin, page 656, Edward O. Wilson edition, From So Simple a Beginning, The Four Great Books of Charles Darwin)
The essence of this hypothesis is that under the conditions existing at one time on Earth, a certain energy, nothing supernatural about it, something explainable actually by the way of quantum physics, shaped up matter into geological forms and later caused the vegetal and the animal kingdom to appear. It happened along successive stages of development that took less than the hundreds of millions of years suggested by evolutionists to complete and certainly much longer than six days some six thousand years ago as suggested in the Bible. As mentioned, this idea was already entertained by certain individuals at the time when Darwin returned from his voyage to the Galapagos Islands. He was obviously aware of it, since he quotes d’Archiac and de Verneuile on their “general laws” theory and since Chambers’ book was a huge success with the public, and yet he chooses to remain faithful to his “elegant” yet unrealistic assumptions about miraculous mutations adding parts to lizards to make them fly like birds. To make things worse for himself and for his theory, he actually admitted he could not explain those mutations.