By Roger Oakland
Understand the Times, International
My wife says that I can be a very confrontational person. When I am confronted with a serious problem or recognize a contradiction in someone’s reasoning, I just cannot let it go.
A few years ago, while I was touring Westminster Abbey, a historic church in London England, a troubling issue came to light. I discovered that Charles Darwin, the famous promoter of evolution, was buried there. As I had read his autobiography, I knew what he believed about the Christian faith. Why was this man buried in a church, which claimed to be Christian, I wondered? This seemed ridiculous. Was there a way to find out?
I asked one of the guards at the door if he had an answer to the question, but he just shook his head and said “no.” However, he directed me to the Westminster Abbey library. I rang the buzzer next to a large wooden locked door. A voice over an intercom asked me what I wanted and then told me I could come in.
As I walked through the door into the room, all I could see were shelves filled with old books. It looked as if no one was around. Finally, a man appeared from a second floor balcony and invited me to come upstairs. When I asked if he could tell me why Charles Darwin was buried in the Abbey, he went to a shelf, picked up a book called The Survival of Charles Darwin by Ronald W. Clark, and turned to page 196. Click here to continue reading.