Darwin at 200: Still Controversial After All These Years

Commentary Inside the First Amendment By Charles C. Haynes First Amendment Center senior scholar

Whether by random selection or grand design, Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were both born 200 years ago on Feb. 12, 1809.

Vastly different in background and education, they grew up to become two of the most polarizing figures of their era. But while Lincoln is now widely lionized as a unifying leader, Darwin remains one of the few historical thinkers whose very name can provoke . . .

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