Old Wine in New Bottles: How Darwin Recruited Malthus to Fortify a Failed Idea from Antiquity

abiogenesis, Alphonse de Candolle, Aristotle, atheists, atomism, Charles Bradlaugh, Charles Darwin, Charles Lyell, Christianity, complexification, David Hume, Edward Aveling, Epicurus, Erasmus Darwin, Evolution, Friedrich Engels, Georges Cuvier, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Greece, Homo sapiens, Intelligent Design, Karl Marx, Law of Correlation, Lucretius, Matthew Arnold, Middle Ages, natural selection, Origin of Species, Patrick Matthew, Plato, Poor Law, Rome, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Malthus, transhumanism, Unmoved Mover, Victorian England, William Paley
It was undoubtedly a tremendous philosophical coup for Darwin whose knowledge of formal philosophy was limited. Source
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Erasmus Darwin and Credible Denial

cancel culture, Charles Darwin, Creation, Deucalion, E Conchis Omnia, Enlightenment, Epicurus, Erasmus Darwin, Evolution, French Revolution, Intelligent Design, Jacques Monod, Jennifer Hecht, John Milton, Lichfield, Lucretius, New Atheists, Paradise Lost, Richard Dawkins, sea shells, Sigmund Freud, spontaneous generation, The Age of Reason, theodicy, Thomas Paine
Consideration of Erasmus Darwin’s writings suggests that his unbelief could well have been father to the thought in the matter of his evolutionary speculations. Source
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West: Theistic Evolution and the Gnostic Heresy

biology, Christianity, Creation, Culture, demiurge, Discovery Institute, Early Church, Evolution, Faith & Science, gnosticism, God and Evolution, Gospel of John, history, Intelligent Design, Jay Richards, John West, Judaism, Lucretius, Mandaeism, materialists, Richard Dawkins, Talmud, theism, Westminster Conference on Science and Faith
Friendliness to a design perspective might seem to be natural for any theist. Yet a prickly disdain is strangely common, especially among religious academics. Source
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How Darwin and Wallace Split over the Human Mind

Alfred Russel Wallace, Animal Liberation, Anthony Flew, Anthony O’Hear, biology, consciousness, cosmogonism, Darwin, David Bentley Hart, David Hume, deism, Donald Hoffman, Erasmus Darwin, Europeans, Evolution, Francis Crick, How Darwin and Wallace Split over the Human Mind, Intelligent Design, Irreducible Complexity, Lawrence Krauss, Lucretius, materialism, Michael Ruse, mind, natural selection, natural theology, neuroscience, Neuroscience & Mind, Peter Singer, Racism, rationalism, Richard Dawkins, Richard Rorty, Richard Spilsbury, Stephen Hawking, Ternate letter, The Origin of Species, Thomas Huxley, Tom Wolfe
Marvelously free of racist prejudice, Wallace noted in his fieldwork in far-flung locations that primitive tribes were intellectually the equals of Europeans. Source
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Nothing New Under the Sun

Anthony Flew, Argument from Complexity, Aristotle, Atheism, British Rationalist Association, Cicero, Cristian Bandea, DNA, electron microscope, Epicurus, Eric Metaxas, Faith & Science, First Cause, Galen, God of the Details, intellectual history, Intelligent Design, Irreducible Complexity, Is Atheism Dead?, Lucretius, Methodist revival, Paul Davies, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Plato, Return of the God Hypothesis, Stephen Meyer, The Mind of God, The Necessity of Atheism, The Return to the God Paradigm, Welsh revival
The inference to a First Cause has begun to percolate down to people who hold no prior allegiance to any of the world’s accredited religions. Source
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Evolution Versus Design: An Ancient Debate

Anaximande, Anaximenes, ancient Greeks, atomism, Charles Darwin, Creation, daemons, David Hume, De Rerum Natura, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, dryads, Enlightenment, Epicurus, Evolution, Fates, genii, George Strodach, Greek gods, harpies, Intelligent Design, Iphigenia, Jesuit Pierre Gassendi, King Agamemnon, Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, Poggio Braccioloni, Romans, satyrs, Stephen Greenblatt, The Art of Happiness, Thomas Creech
The universe, according to Epicureanism, is without a creator, a purposeless and non-intelligent concourse of atoms without any cosmic source of direction. Source
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