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The Lincoln-Darwin Myth Revisited

John G. West


February 12 is the birthday of Abraham Lincoln as well as Charles Darwin, and last year at this time I wrote an article exploring Lincoln’s support for evolution by intelligent design. A day later, I published a second article exposing a mythical account of Lincoln and Darwin being circulated by Wikipedia. Wikipedia erroneously claimed that Lincoln was greatly interested in Darwin’s Origins of Species and was “deeply impressed” by Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.

The dust-up that followed finally led to a correction, more of less, of the Wikipedia entry at issue (at least, when I checked the entry last night it was much better than when I originally wrote about it). If you are interested in Lincoln’s real views on intelligent design, today would be an appropriate day to read about them.

Image by Alexander Gardner [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.