Darwin’s impact shows the impact that science can have on the way that people think. As we look back on history, we look to certain notable thinkers who revolutionized the time period they were living in. Martin Luther inspired the Reformation. Galileo and others brought on the scientific revolution. John Locke contributed to the Enlightenment. All of these people helped to change the way people in their field thought about the subject. Darwin’s theory of evolution, however, sparked a change in all of society. His studies of biology helped to explain the world around us like never before.

Darwin laid out principals that allows humans to understand our own existence without the need of supernaturalism. Humans were not placed on Earth by God, starting with Adam and Eve. Instead, over a period of millions of years, we evolved from apes. This departure from God is evident in Darwin’s hesitancy to publish his findings. Not only did he not want to turn the world upside down, but he did not want to upset his wife who was religious. Darwin’s separation of religion and science was an important step for science as a whole.

Darwin’s impact is long lasting and wide reaching. Now the theory of evolution is widely accepted as truth. Furthermore, it has spurred other scientific fields and helped them to move forward. This is evident in the medical field. Darwin’s evolutionary theory and his works on natural selection helped to bolster our understanding of genetics. As the study of genetics advanced, works about how genes were passed down were verified by Darwin’s work.  This is important because it allowed societies perceptions of ourselves to evolve as we understand ourselves on a deeper level. Now we are able to see fields such as biology, geology, anthropology, psychology, and theology through a new lens.