Back to Godhead November/December 2009

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November/December 2009

This special issue commemorates the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. One hundred and fifty years after the publication of his book Origin of Species, the basic elements of his theory of evolution are widely accepted as truth and influence practically every branch of knowledge today.

During Darwin's bicentennial year, his praises have been sung in conferences and publications around the world. This publication won't join that chorus. Ours is a discordant note. Though trained in science, the contributors to this issue of Back to Godhead see the world primarily through the lens of the Vedic scriptures and the great spiritual teachers guided by them. They view Darwin's ideas as the product of a speculative mind. Mental speculation, or guesswork, the Vedas tell us, cannot possibly reveal perfect truth. But rather than dismiss Darwin's ideas on this basis alone, the authors in this issue present scientific arguments against them. How, for example, could the prototypical no-frills fish evolve step-by-step, by random mutations, into a fish that lets a smaller fish enter its mouth to clean its teeth?

Can Hare Krishna scientists beat materialistic scientists at their own game? Read on, and judge for yourself.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor


The evidence upon which the theory of evolution is built may be flimsier than evolutionists would have us believe.


The theory of evolution fails to explain many amazing mechanisms and behaviors in the animal world.


The Vedic scriptures have a different opinion than Darwin about what—or who—is evolving.


Should Hare Krishna devotees align themselves with the Intelligent Design movement?


A selection of quotations on evolutionary theory from His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, with commentary.


This statement was approved by the executive committee of the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.


If not evolution, then what? Quotations from Srila Prabhupada and Srimad-Bhagavatam present the Vedic account of creation.


The theory of evolution pervades the world of education, most insidiously in subtle ways not always easy to detect.