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Question three -Charlie Johnston

3) Why was Darwin's publication of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection a courageous act on Darwin's behalf?

Darwin's publication of "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" was courageous. Because at the time of Darwin the church was a very big part of everything and anyone who questioned that was a pariah. In his book Darwin says that all organisms have one common ancestor, to say that would be considered blasphemy at the time because to say that would mean humans are not above any beast.By publishing his work Darwin faced becoming discredited in the scientific community.It was possible that the church would hurt or even incarcerate Darwin for publishing it.

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  1. I agree with this but you should have mentioned how his peers may have reacted. Some may agree and support him. Others may disagree and even turn him over to the church.

  2. It was very smart of you to include specific examples of what Darwin was saying in his book, as well as examples of what the opposition was saying.

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