Lamarckism, derived from the work of the French scientist Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck, who sought to explain the mechanism of evolution, came to stand for the belief that transformation of species occurred as the result of many individuals simultaneously adapting to common environmental stimuli. 
We can put back the bit about his personal life.
Shoulden't this also mention that Lamarck's theory was basicaly abandoned after Darwin? Fred59 02:18, 15 April 2008 (EDT)
Lamarck and atheism? - Rod Weathers edit
Anti Lamarck being an atheist:
It appears as if there is some theists who question whether Lamarck was an atheist plus other sources as well. Once source calls him a "veiled atheist". Also, might he have been an agnostic?
Here is what an online Catholic encyclopedia states: "Lamarck was, therefore, a vitalist, not a materialist; he was also neither an atheist, nor irreligious, nor an opponent of the Scriptures. On the contrary, in regard to the creation of man he frankly placed the authority of the Bible higher than his own ideas. At least there is no valid reason for regarding his words relative to this as hypocritical, as many Lamarckians do. Lamarck's name is perpetuated in botany in the genera Monetia, Markea, Lamarchea, and Lamarckia. In 1909 a monument to him was unveiled in the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle at Paris."
Here are two other web pages which doubt that Lamarck was an atheist: http://www.jstor.org/pss/1218244 and http://www.new.dli.ernet.in/rawdataupload/upload/insa/INSA_1/20005af2_204.pdf
Pro Lamarck being a veiled atheist:
Any other information would be most welcome. I will add that Rod Weathers was a parodist who appears to have made some accurate postings to Conservapedia and he put in the Lamarck was an atheist post.
conservative 19:23, 8 April 2010 (EDT)
- I could not find the alleged atheistic quote by Lamarck the on the internet. I removed it due to the unreliability of editor Rod Weathers (was a former parodist).conservative 19:34, 8 April 2010 (EDT)
- Lysenko was an atheist, Lamarck was not. As I recall from my highschool days Lamarck believed that there was some sort of force that measured the benefit to an organism of some aquired characteristic. As if God let organisms roam and then when ever one had something useful happen to it he fixed that characteristic in all of its offspring. Furthermore the quote can only be found here. --JimPT 19:37, 8 April 2010 (EDT)