The Berlin Discussion of the Problem of Evolution: Full Report of the Lectures Given in February 1907, and of the Evening Discussion, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Berlin Discussion of the Problem of Evolution

Full Report of the Lectures Given in February 1907, and of the Evening Discussion, 1st Edition

By Erich Wasmann, S.J.


280 pages

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First published in 1909, this book collects the author’s lectures on the ‘problem of evolution’ and the resultant debate. The first considers the validity of the Theory of Evolution and whether it is in opposition to the Christian view of creation. The second examines the assertion that evolution harmonises only with Monism rather than Theism and which of the two views is preferable. It also looks at the popular identification of Darwinism with evolution, if it is scientific and the results this leads to. The third looks at man’s position in the problem of evolution — whether we are bound to bring in considerations higher than the zoological — and the evidence for our descent from ‘brutes’.

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I Lectures on the Problem of Evolution; I. The Hypothesis and Theory of Evolution in Natural Science II. Theistic and Atheistic Evolution — Evolution and Darwinism III. The Descent of Man; Part II Evening Discussion; Introductory Remarks on the Origins of this Discussion Opening Speech by Professor Waldeyer Speech of the First Opponent, Professor Plate Speech of the Second Opponent, Dr. Bölsche Speech of the Third Opponent, Professor Dahl Speech of the Fourth Opponent, Dr. Friedenthal Speech of the Fifth Opponent, Professor von Hansemann Speech of the Sixth Opponent, Count von Hoensbroech Speech of the Seventh Opponent, Mr. Itelson (the author) Speech of the Eighth Opponent, Dr. Juliusburger Speech of the Ninth Opponent, Dr Plötz Speech of the Tenth Opponent, Dr. Schmidt-Jena Speech of the Eleventh Opponent, Dr. Thesing Speech of Father Wasmann (close of the Discussion); Supplement; Supplementary Note upon pp. 171, 218, 231; Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Christian Theology / History
RELIGION / Religion & Science
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution