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Keywords:

  • Aquinas;
  • Augustine;
  • biblical exegesis;
  • Bonaventure;
  • Darwin;
  • Genesis;
  • Huxley;
  • Mivart;
  • Simpson;
  • Suarez

Abstract.  Augustine, and following him some major theologians of the early Christian church, noted the apparent discrepancies between the first two chapters of Genesis and suggested an interpretation for these chapters significantly different from the literal. After examining a selection of the relevant texts, we shall follow the later fortunes of this interpretation in brief outline, figuring in particular an unlikely trio: Suarez, St. George Mivart, and Thomas Henry Huxley. Moral: Darwinian theory might plausibly be construed as implementing, unawares, a suggestion from that other Christian tradition.