The development of Darwinism changed the general thinking of the world, while unlocking the truth behind both Earth and life. Beforehand the western world had a general consensus that God was the creator of life and that we were made in his image. The idea that humans are actually descendants of apes was greatly criticized at first, but the discovery of evolution in both humans and other organisms has been proven.

This realization pitted the church and science against each other in a battle over creation vs. evolution. The church taught the idea that God created the Earth and all inhabitants of it. As Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution contradicted the teachings of the church, it is no surprise that he became an enemy of the church.

Darwinism allowed us to gain a better understanding of our world, which in turn allowed us to change the way that we think. For instance: most people refused challenged the ideas of the church because it was “known” that God created everything, but once Darwin questioned the teachings, other scientists followed in his footsteps by confronting what was believed to be factual. This leadership took the fear out of science and allowed scientists to attempt more controversial experiments in order to find new discoveries. Without the publication of Charles Darwin’s book The Origin of Species the church would have prolonged their hold on the stance of creation, as well as continued their authority of censoring the public’s knowledge. Darwin was able to defy the church as well as give scientists and the public the freedom to uncover the truths of nature.

Another benefit of Charles Darwin’s work was his teachings on the power of natural selection and mutations. He discovered that mutations can prove as beneficial to a society by allowing a species to adapt to environmental changes. The example Darwin used was finches on separate islands of the Galapagos. Darwin observed that the finches of different islands had different shaped beaks to accommodate for the food source in their habitat. By being able to apply this to other animals, it changed the way that people thought about life on earth and opened new doors for science in the future.