4.2.6: Biology and Evolution


What were the scientific discoveries that led the contemporary mosaic from “natural history” or “natural theology” to “biology” in the late 1800s? The theory of evolution upended the study of animal life by suggesting that organisms change over time, and even go extinct.

Guiding Questions:

  1. What was the Aristotelian theory about plants and animals?
  2. Compare the re-telling of the theory of evolution between Dr. Rana Dajani and this Crash Course. Does Dr. Dajani agree that creation “has no elegant design, just random variation”?
  3. What is the theory of evolution, in your own words?
  4. What is social darwinism?


Video Credit: Crash Course. https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse/featured

Thumbnail: Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra). Photo Credit: Tom Benson, 2016. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.