Casserley on Creationism
While in Washington this weekend I took a browse through Second Story Books in Dupont Circle. I came across a book entitled The Christian in Philosophy by J. V. Langmead Casserley, identified on the book flap as “Rector of Manhead, near Exeter, and also Lecturer in Sociology at University College, Exeter.” If I have interpreted the Roman numerals correctly, the book was published in 1949.
It didn't look like my kind of book, but on a whim I decided to look up “Darwin” in the index. I quickly came across the following quote:
Not until Darwin and the triumph of the new evolutionary biology was it possible to fulfil the intellectual expectations aroused by the theological idea of the Divine Agent of creation who is `always being begotten' in the scientific picture of an `open' creation which is always being created. It is true that evolutionary biology was not accepted with proper and becoming gratitude by theologians who seemed more concerned to uphold the preposterous, and superfluous, hypothesis of the historicity of biblical myth than to illustrate and verify the truth of Christian dogma in new fields of inquiry, but we should not allow their ineptitude to conceal from us the real ancestry and theological affinities of the idea of evolution. (Emphasis in Original)
Damn straight. I don't see those theological affinties myself, but I have no objection to others seeing things this way.
I bought the book.