Alexander Hardie was a relatively unknown churchman in the early 20th century.  In 1924, the eve of the Scopes Trial, he wrote Evolution: Is it Philosophical, Scientific or Scriptural? He wrote this outstanding poem which I am preserving here for the benefit of others.

Rev. Alexander Hardie, A.M.

Methodist Episcopal Church

of the

Southern California Conference


Apostate Science


The apostles of blessed renown,

    Had a Judas of treacherous smile,

Who received from his Saviour no crown,

    For his basest attempts to beguile.


Now this treacherous Science declares,

    That the beasts are our deities great,

And that life is a doom of despairs,

    Because darkness forever’s our fate.


But vain Science is false to the truth,

    And is false to the Maker of all.

It pollutes the sweet springs of our youth,

    And denies the celestial call.


For the Word of the Lord has made known,

    That ‘mid Eden’s creations so fair,

The Almighty established our home,

    As the Scriptures so clearly declare.


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  1. SLC April 19, 2012 at 2:38 AM #

    Hi This is an interesting post. Thanks


  2. Marine Pina Urrútia April 19, 2012 at 4:46 PM #

    I couldn’t have asked for a better blog.


  3. David T. Priestley April 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM #

    “relatively unknown”? Try, nigh impossible to find. How did you come upon him? Where did you learn he was a SoCal Methodist? I have a little book he wrote on postmillenialism; it was published in 1894 by Eaton & Mains Press, NY, a firm which published “Society of Christian Endeavour” and other evangelical books. Google referred to an Alexander Hardie who died 1898.


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