"a malachite statue of Prophet Malthus surveyed a dustbowl. "
Thomas Malthus - was greatly influenced by Charles Darwin
After The Reverend Dr. Thomas Robert Malthus
(1766-1834), the demographist who proposed that population growth would outstrip our ability to sustain it and would consequently be checked by natural means: 'epidemics, pestilence and plague advance in terrific array, and sweep off their thousands and ten thousands. Should success be still incomplete, gigantic famine stalks in the rear, and with one mighty blow, levels the population with the food of the world'. Despite his scientific credentials he believed that these natural checks would be imposed by a God seeking to rectify our sinful ways.