Father of Ancient Biology

Through my readings of Charles Darwin, considered the “Father of Modern Biology,” I have enjoyed his references to the ancient writings of the Bible.  A reference in “Origin of Species,”  to Jacob’s manipulation of the color of Laban’s sheep is mentioned:  “From passages in Genesis it is clear that the colour of domestic animals was at that early period attended to.”  This quote of Darwin is from Chapter I of “Origin of Species,” a facsimile of the first edition, in the paragraph beginning “It may be objected.”

Another interesting reference to the ancient Biblical writings comes in Darwin’s second edition of “Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication,” Volume 2.  In Chapter XIII, Darwin refers to the flocks of David:  “There is reason to believe that sheep in their early domesticated condition were “brown or dingy black;” but even in the time of David certain flocks were spoken of as white as snow.”  This is in his chapter on Reversion, in the paragraph beginning:  “The aboriginal species.”

King David had a son named Solomon, who succeeded him as king.  I have not come across mention of Solomon in Darwin’s writings, yet.  However, it is said that Solomon was the richest and the wisest man ever to live.  Apparently, ALL of the kings of the world sent their wise people to listen to Solomon, specifically his wisdom pertaining to nature.  Solomon apparently lived from 970-931 BCE, which makes his wisdom precede Darwin, the Father of Modern Biology, by about 3000 years!

1 Kings 4:32-34 New International Version (NIV)

32 He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. 33 He spoke about plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. 34 From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.[a]

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Kings 4:34 In Hebrew texts 4:21-34 is numbered 5:1-14.

New International Version (NIV)Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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  1. Prior to your course, I never knew that Darwin believed in the word of God. I always believed he was a proud atheist due to what I have been told in the past, but the more I read, the more I no longer find this to be true. If such a smart man is able to recognize God, then maybe that is why people work so hard to cover it up. They don’t want God’s word spreading farther through a well-known scientist.

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  2. It’s amazing how Solomon referenced Biology so far in the past that references Darwin and his studies through the Bible. It makes things interesting when Darwin references the Bible throughout his works.

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  3. It’s definitely interesting to see that Darwin makes references to the Bible, being that all of my life I thought Darwin was atheist, rejecting all things that related to God. He’s practicing the idea of creation through other means rather than just “the Big Bang.” Although I do not agree with atheism, I think that’s what kindof makes a great scientist..being able to be open minded to new or different ideas than their own.

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    1. I think Darwin was not as limited in his thinking as some might think.

      I thought the same about him until I began reading his books. My mind was opened to who he really was and not just what we have been made to believe.

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  4. I am astonished that Darwin would allude to creation. For those of us who are strictly creationists through our beliefs in biblical teachings, we couldn’t succumb to his teachings of pure evolution. From my understanding, correct me if I’m wrong, Darwin was a hardcore evolutionist. Maybe there is something to be said about his later writings if he indeed came to an understanding and belief in a higher power of divine nature….. An over lapping of sorts ….. Very interesting indeed ……

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    1. Darwin did a lot of writing. So far I have read about 9-10 of his books/books about him and am working on reading 3 more at this time. I do not cease to be amazed at some of the things he says and also what I can learn from him. The two books I have read that have Biblical references and also suggestions of Creation of original progenitor specie(s), span over about 30ish years of his life. He apparently consistently subscribed to “Divine beginnings,” though he did not believe in the standard Genesis days of creation as far as I can tell.

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