Review of Reviews,  1 (1890), 434–44.

A Sign of the Times. "Lux Mundi" as the Book for May




Publications abstracted:

Gore ed. 1889


Controversy, Christianity, Evolution, Animal Development, Nomenclature, Design, Species

    Précis of a theological tome which has 'stirred the waters of religious controversy' (435) by 're-interpreting Christianity in the light of evolution' (436). Although evolution is 'the keynote of the book [...] the idea is generally draped by the less pronounced and, to many ears, less objectionable word development' (437). John R Illingworth's contribution to the book seeks to show that instead of being in conflict, 'theology and science move in two different but parallel planes'. The 'idea of design in nature', moreover, has not 'been exploded by the doctrine of evolution [...] it has only been more loftily and certainly re-affirmed'. For Illingworth 'modern evolution is not the re-assertion of the Heraclitean flux. Species once developed are, in proportion to their versatility, persistent'. (439)

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