A pronouncement that could almost be called "worshipful" from one of Darwin's leading apostles, Daniel Dennett (it would be fun to draw a Last Supper of these guys, wouldn't it?):
I would give Darwin the gold medal for the best idea anybody ever had. It unifies the world of meaning and purpose and goals and freedom with the world of science, with the world of the physical sciences. I mean, we talk about the great gap between social science and natural science. What closes that gap? Darwin -- by showing us how purpose and design, meaning, can arise out of purposelessness, out of just brute matter.