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development theory

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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the doctrine that animals and plants possess the power of passing by slow and successive stages from a lower to a higher state of organization, and that all the higher forms of life now in existence were thus developed by uniform laws from lower forms, and are not the result of special creative acts. See the Note under Darwinian.

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  • Orient ", Leipzig, 1906, 33) considers the evolutionary view of the primitive state of man as false, and believes that the development theory has, at least, been badly shaken, if not actually destroyed by recent Oriental research (cf. Bantsch,

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • K√∂berle ( "Die Theologie der Gegenwart", Leipzig, 1907, I, 2) says that the development theory has exhausted itself, reproducing only the thoughts of Wellhausen, and deciding particular questions not in the light of facts, but according to the postulates of the theory.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

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