The theories that Charles Darwin brought forth in the late 1850’s sparked scientific debate across the entire world. The ideas brought forth through his theory of evolution were labeled outlandish and nonsensical. He questioned the very creation of mankind, something scientists had believed to be fact for decades. He proved that science has the capability, and the power, to influence an entire society’s way of thinking. It is because of men like Charles Darwin that scientists today are not completely rejected when they propose eccentric, unconventional theories. Darwin proved that science was capable of so much more than just experiments and numbers. Through observations of the nature world, with the inhabitants that roam it, he came to the conclusion that man did not miraculously come from nowhere. Instead, Darwin concluded that we were just heavily evolved mammals that adapted and changed with our environment. Because of his findings, we now understand our world in an entirely different manner. Darwin was ridiculed and scorned for his proposals: “Some of these ‘mental riotings’, as he dubbed them, took him very far along the road of materialism, the philosophical doctrine of believing that there were no spiritual or divine forces in nature, only matter. If he denied the createdness of everything, where did that leave human beings and our hopes of salvation?” (Browne 42). Darwin questioned the very basis of human life in the 1850’s. He challenged the ideals of the Church, and he paid a price for it, which he knew he would. His ideas could not necessarily be proven through experimental demonstrations, and therefore were deemed almost ludicrous, but this did not persuade Darwin. He would not be outlasted by the clergymen who so desperately wanted him to fail. Darwin set a precedent of excellence for scientists, as well as science in general, with his work in the mid 19th century because he challenged fundamental beliefs and proved theories never thought possible in ‘unconventional’ scientific practices.