Herbert Spencer – Evolutionary Development of Religious Thought


Bishop's Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy

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Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) was railway engineer turned evolutionary philosopher who proposed his own hypothesis of the evolution and development of religious thought. Charles Darwin once called him “the greatest living philosopher in England.”

Some have suggested that it was either Spencer or E. B. Tylor who founded the idea of evolution, and the two sometimes had bitter public conversations over who was the first to conceive of the theory. Spencer published his article The Developmental Hypothesis in 1852 which rejected the doctrine of special creation for explaining differences between species and animals. In another work of his published in 1857, Progress: It’s Law and Cause, he broadened his engagement with the theory of evolution and applied it to society and to the universe itself. Evolutionary theory eventually came to apply to the universe, Earth, biological life, human beings, and society, which were all deemed to have…

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