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    What does "before Darwin came along" mean?

    Does it mean "before Darwin as a latecomer surpassed his formers"?

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    As we shall see, science has now turned this upside down. But here,
    as with the other two arguments, I would like to suggest that
    science should not be denied by the believer, it should be em-
    braced. The elegance behind life's complexity is indeed reason
    for awe, and for belief in Godóbut not in the simple, straight-
    forward way that many found so compelling before Darwin
    came along.

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    Re: What does "before Darwin came along" mean?

    The elegance behind life's complexity is indeed reason
    for awe, and for belief in God—but not in the simple, straight-
    forward way that many found so compelling
    before Darwin
    came along.


    This refers to the English naturalist and author Charles Darwin. He wrote many books on the study of plants and animals, but this sort of comment is usually a reference to his book "On the Origin of Species" (1859) in which he first published his theories on evolution. So "before Darwin came along" means, before his theories on evolution were available and discussed in relation to Christian beliefs.

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