Thursday, 17 May 2012

G.K. Chesterton: “Evolution Destroys Rationalism”

G.K. Chesterton. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Joel Kontinen

Skeptics are fond of focusing on evolution, reason and rationality. But is there a connection between these concepts?

It might be interesting to keep in mind what British author G.K. Chesterton (1874–1936) said of evolution in his book Orthodoxy:

Evolution is a good example of that modern intelligence which, if it destroys anything, destroys itself. Evolution is either an innocent scientific description of how certain earthly things came about; or, if it is anything more than this, it is an attack upon thought itself. If evolution destroys anything, it does not destroy religion but rationalism."


Chesterton, G.K. 1986. Orthodoxy. In G.K. Chesterton. Collected Works. San Francisco: Ignatius.