This article written by Rev. Dr. Malcolm Brown, Director of Mission and Public Affairs, is illuminating in how seeks an intersection between Darwinism and Christianity. This excerpt, found in the end, is an effective apology :
“Charles Darwin: 200 years from your birth, the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still. We try to practice the old virtues of ‘faith seeking understanding’ and hope that makes some amends. But the struggle for your reputation is not over yet, and the problem is not just your religious opponents but those who falsely claim you in support of their own interests. Good religion needs to work constructively with good science – and I dare to suggest that the opposite may be true as well.”
It’s worth reading the rest of the article to see Rev. Dr. Brown’s views on how Darwin’s theory of natural selection is consistent with Christian teachings (which sounds a bit of a stretch to me). Still, I like how he points out that even Darwinism isn’t the be-all and end-all explanation of our earthly existence, and that further inquiry is required. Moreover, while the apology came more than 100 years late, it still bears saying. Though gone, Darwin bears a great legacy on the world today. The acknowledgment and acceptance of his ideas vindicates him, and paves the way for the kind of open-minded approach we need to provide an antidote against religious bigotry and fanaticism.
The entire article may be found here: http://www.cofe.anglican.org/darwin/malcolmbrown.html