In my previous blog post (the first of a six-part series) I described 2 men from different countries, backgrounds, and professions who shared a birthday on Feb 12, 1809.
Did you guess from the clues who the men are?
The two men are Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin.
Both are famous figures. Their impact extends from their day to ours and beyond. But their lives and influence took radically opposite directions.
Abraham Lincoln believed in the sovereign God who rules over the affairs of men, and he voiced this in his second inaugural address. Acknowledging that the Almighty had His own inscrutable purposes for the War Between the States, Lincoln concluded, “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether” (Psalm 19:9).
Lincoln fought a war to guarantee equal human rights for all and to preserve the Union, at the expense of the rights of individual states. Lincoln defended the principle “all men are created equal” in “this nation under God” (Gettysburg Address).
Charles Darwin, conversely, rejected the God of his training and of his wife. He dedicated his life to opposing the Biblical doctrine of creation. He asserted man evolved from lower life-forms, popularizing a naturalistic theory of origins that was eagerly embraced.
Soli Deo Gloria.
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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Thursday February 5, 2009 A.D.
For the LORD gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.