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March 1961

The Death of Adam: Evolution and Its Impact on Western Thought

Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(3):462-463. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620030150023

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It is appropriate that this detailed and well-documented study of the impact of the concept of evolution on Western thought be published at the time of the 100th Anniversary of the announcement of one of Darwin's major ideas, the concept of evolution based on survival of the fittest and natural selection. What Greene has prepared here is a critical survey of the men, the ideas, and the documents which epitomize the philosophy and best thoughts man has had about his place in nature and his relation to the Creator of the universe. But this book does not limit itself only to views which bear on such restricted aspects of man in nature. Rather it deals with the beginnings in Newton's day and the fulfillment in Darwin's time of the conception of evolution. With the death of Adam we have the birth of evolution. For all the hopes and fears of

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