Re: The Church of Darwin (WSJ 16 Aug 1999)

Jack Haas (
Wed, 18 Aug 1999 16:14:25 -0400


Howard's Robust Formational Economy Principle (RFEP) had a parallel
formulation in the thought of British Wesleyan Methodist
cleric-microbiologist William H, Dallinger (1839-1909). Developing his
ideas in the mid 1860s Dallinger, an advocate of Darwin's views framed
his early version of theistic evolution with the notion of "the
self-acting laws of nature imprinted by the Creator." For Dallinger:
"can there be any splendor of the infinite mind more ineffable and
effulgent than the evidence of His works, that in the beginning He
determined the potency and perversion of all the life, and all the
adptations, that ever have emerged or can emerge?"

As Howard, Dallinger was tarred with the charge of deism by his critics.

What goes around, comes around!

Keep cool,
Jack Haas