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LETTERS

From the March 2003 issue of The Christian Science Journal


I enjoyed Jeffrey Hildner's article "What Science and Health says about evolution" [January]. It's interesting to note that Charles Darwin and Mary Baker Eddy both had domineering fathers, suffered illnesses for much of their lives, and were recipients of revelation who further evolved their revelations throughout their lives.

Psychologist, systems scientist, and evolutionary theorist David Loye wrote a controversial book, Darwin's Lost Theory of Love, which focuses on Darwin's largely ignored post-The Origin of the Species work. A correction was made in the June 2003 Journal: "The title of one of Charles Darwin's works was misstated in our Letters column [March, p. 4]. The correct abbreviated title is On the Origin of Species. And, in case you're interested, its full title is On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Race." Loye proposes that Darwin's initial thoughts on evolution evolved from a theory that tells us we are aggressive, selfish, alone, subject to chance and a grand biological preprogrammed fate, to a theory that views mankind as primarily driven by love, "the need to transcend ourselves," that we are linked to everyone and everything by something beyond, call it God, spirituality, the cosmic connection, or the quantum vacuum.

I look forward to science and religion evolving their appreciation and understanding of Darwin beyond the traditionally limited scope. What a healing that will be!

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