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

Articles this month:

Education and Evolution

By Urmila Devi Dasi A look at the influence of evolutionary theory in modern education. The children’s science video began ...

The Creation and Dissolution of the Material World

Compiled by Urmila Devi Dasi Quotations from Srimad-Bhagavatam and from the commentary ("purports") on the Srimad-Bhagavatam by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada describe ...

Hare Krishna Statement on Darwin’s Two Hundredth Anniversary

By the Vedic Science Research Center This statement was approved by the executive committee of the Governing Body Commission of ...

Srila Prabhupada on Darwin and Darwinism

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhuapada A selection of quotations from the books, letters, and talks of ...

Intelligent Design and Krishna Consciousness

An Interview with Lalitanatha Dasa What is intelligent design? Should Hare Krishna devotees concern themselves with it? Back to Godhead ...

The Evolution of Consciousness

By Aja Govinda Dasa Although Darwin was right in proposing a process of evolution, he was wrong about what was ...

Nature’s IQ

By Ishvara Krishna Dasa Can the study of mysterious animal instincts lead to the key to the origins of life? ...

Challenges to Evolutionary Theory

By Lalitanatha Dasa Scientists refer to evolution as established fact, but how good is their evidence? Darwin’s greatest accomplishment was ...