DARWIN DAY: CELEBRATING EVOLUTION! Today, Humanityday, Feb/Galaxies 12, reminds us of Charles Darwin
and his "On the Origin of Species" book he finally published in 1859 CE. His "true" Theory of Evolution is still not excepted by many conservative religions and groups. Therefore Darwin Day on the anniversary of his birth each February/Galaxies 12.
Here is a short definition of the "true" Theory of Evolution by Jerry A. Coyne from his 2009 CE book 'Why Evolution is True' on page 3:
"Life on Earth evolved gradually beginning with one primitive species-perhaps a self-replicating molecule-that lived more than 3.5 billion years ago; it branched out over time, throwing off many new and diverse species; and the mechanism for most (but not all) of evolutionary change is natural selection."
Since 2004 CE, Michael Zimmerman and the www.clergyletterproject.org have invited Christians, Jews, Muslims and all other groups to honor Darwin and Evolution with an Evolution Weekend around Darwin Day each year. 2020 CE's theme is "Science, Religion and the Climate Crisis." In a presentation I gave last weekend, I singled out that Darwin's "true" Theory of Evolution of 1859 CE is the major turning point from the Authority of the Supernatural and Science to now the overwhelming evidence of Science and Big History/The Universe Story especially during this acute Climate Crisis for Humanity and all Earth Community Beings.
The new three "R's" of Reality, Reason and Responsibility (Arithmetic and Writing started with R's?) can help us see the essential Authority of Science and Big History/The Universe Story. Let's briefly look at each one.
REALITY: OLD, NEW AND REALITY/UNITY STYLE WORLD CALENDARS
You knew I had to talk about World Calendars on a Calendar Website! When The Gregorian Calendar (1582-2017 CE) was promulgated on October 15, 1582 CE it was referred to as the "New Style" World Calendar by the Protestants who were the Christians other than Catholics that said "No" to this new calendar put together by Pope Gregory XIII. How could they say "Yes" when Martin Luther and the Reformation had happened in 1517 CE was followed by the Catholic Counter Reformation. So the Protestants protested by staying with the "Old Style" Julian World Calendar of 45 BCE (Before Common Era) to 1582 CE (Common Era).
Now in 2017 CE we are presented with The Universe Story Calendar (2017-20 CE) that is entitled as the Reality/Unity Calendar. Why? With The Gregorian Calendar still telling us that the Earth is the center of the Universe and our Solar System and Universe only go out to Saturn/Saturday, this not Reality. With the Climate Crisis upon us a true, Reality/Unity World Calendar that celebrates our New Story of the Universe is essential!
REASON: AUTHORITY WITHIN OUR HUMAN STORY HAS EVOLVED AND CHANGED
For 99% of our Human Story, elders telling oral stories to the members of their community and clan was the way authority was handled. Then from about 3,500 BCE-1543 CE our authority in the Human Story was within the Sacred Scripture writings of many kinds. After the Scriptures came Science with Copernicus in 1543 CE and his De Revolutionibus book that correctly stated that the Sun is the center of the Solar System, not Earth. Since that time Science and Sacred Scriptures have been battling it out with Darwin's "true" Theory of Evolution being the turning point. This leads us to our Responsibility of "THE SOARING 2020'S: HUMANITY'S GOLDEN DECADE!
RESPONSIBILITY OF HUMANITY TODAY IN THIS CLIMATE CRISIS
in 1959 CE, Sir Julian Huxley, an evolutionary biologist, gave the Centennial Address at the University of Chicago for Darwin's "On the Origin of Species." There he talked about the big ticket issues of 1959 CE: Over-population, the widening gap between the haves and the have-not's, the exploitation of natural resources. Sound too familiar? He pointed to Evolution and the Responsibility of Humanity to use the Reality and Reason of Science to bring about justices of all kinds. Then he added the values of Compassion, Empathy and Egalitarianism going forward.
I invite you to celebrate Darwin Day and Evolution Weekend this week and each day. We know the way. We possess the will. This is the Year of the Earth Community of Beings and The Soaring 2020's:Humanity's Golden Decade!