Charles darwin natural selection

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Charles Darwin, the man who came up the theory of evolution, was born in 1809 feb 12th. He grew up in a Christian home, and when he was old enough, he went to medical school but did not have the stomach for it. He went on to Cambridge University and received his B.A. in theology and classical literature. Soon after he went on a field trip to a geology dig, and in 1831 was offered a job on the merchant ship H.M.S. Beagle, by the United Kingdom to be a naturalist aboard their ship. He accepted. The reason he was asked to be a naturalist when he had a B.A. in theology was because he had studied Ovid, and his works. Therefore he had an excellent knowledge of the natural world as it was known up to that time. While he was on the Beagle, he studied Malthis? book, Principles of population.

It talked about how all animals fight for the necessities of life (e.g. food, water, mating rights) Darwin also read the works of sir Charles Lyle, who tried to explain how the earth was animals were formed without the existence of god, his book stated the ?present was the key to the past.? Wherever the beagle stopped, Charles collected samples of animal and plant life for his studies. About this time while still traveling about the world Darwin loses his faith in his creator, and begins to look for his answers within the bounds of science.

So a bright young Christian becomes a pagan most likely from the influences of the sailors on board his ship.


Charles Darwin came up with the theory of evolution, while at the post of naturalist while aboard the H.M.S. Beagle. The idea came in part from...