140 years ago today - May 4, 1884

Future apostle James E. Talmadge writes, "Have just returned tonight from service at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. The minister spoke against belief in Darwinism and like most ministers whose remarks I have heard or read upon this subject-showed his ignorance. He spoke much as an ordinary person would-"Darwin. Oh yes-says we come from monkeys"-then condemns. I certainly think 'tis the ministers themselves who have bred the disgust with which most scientific people regard them-because they will dabble with matters from which their ignorance should keep them at a safe distance. The speaker tonight brought out many noble principles, but in spite of his eminence as a preacher-self contradiction and inconsistency were apparent."

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