Science and Religion in the Nineteenth Century
Charles Darwin published Origin of the Species in 1859, while T. A. Wylie was a professor of science at Indiana University and a Presbyterian minister at a nearby church. Rather than condemning evolution Wylie engaged with it. He did not think that it was inconsistent with divine revelation. The items represented in this selection of items demonstrate Wylie's thinking on the intersections between science and religion.
For Wylie, the aim of all knowledge was to determine an ultimate cause of truth. He believed that evolution was simply one method, among others, for determing the ultimate source of the universe which Wylie argued was a great mystery. Many of the items in this collection focus on Wylie's public addresses on this topic, mostly the sermons he gave in the college chapel at Indiana University. Wylie did not limit his thoughts to his students alone, however. He also published some thoughts in a popular periodical at the time, The Current. Wylie's other publications demonstrate that Wylie took his role as an educator not only locally, but regionally and nationally.
Wylie did consider the issues of science and religion on a personal level as well. In his personal diaries, Wylie thought about the ways in which his personal faith informed his thinking about scientific matters. This collection of materials also highlights a diary entry in which Wylie considered a sermon he heard. Many of the ideas Wylie expressed in his diary, often found their way into his public addresses.