The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution (Harvest House, 1993), p. 6
How influential is the theory of evolution?
In his Mankind Evolving eminent geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky, who is regarded as among the world’s greatest evolutionists, points out that the publication of Darwin’s book in 1859 “marked a turning point in the intellectual history of mankind” and “ushered in a new understanding of man and his place in the universe.” * He reflects that even a hundred years after Darwin “the idea of evolution is becoming an integral part of man’s image of himself. The idea has percolated to much wider circles than biologists or even scientists; understood or misunderstood, it is a part of the mass culture.”*
Molecular biologist Michael Denton points out the dramatic influence of this increasingly dominant theory in disciplines outside the natural sciences:
The influence of evolutionary theory on fields far removed from biology is one of the most spectacular examples in history of how a highly speculative idea for which there is no really hard scientific evidence can come to fashion the thinking of a whole society and dominate the outlook of an age.*
Today it is perhaps the Darwinian view of nature more than any other that is responsible for the agnostic and skeptic outlook of the twentieth century….[It is] a theory that literally changed the world….*
Indeed, it is how an individual views his origins, his ultimate beginning, that to a great extent conditions his worldview, the decisions he makes, and even his general lifestyle.
*For documentation please see The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution.