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The revival of Darwinism
by Jim Secord
About this EXP
Jim Secord, Director of the Darwin Correspondence Project, University of Cambridge, explains how perception of Darwin has evolved.
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Key point 1
Although Darwin was an eminent scientist in his day, his ideas fell out of favour following his death. Their significance, however, was rediscovered throughout the 1920s and 1930s.
Key point 2
Darwin was not a Christian; however, he did not consider his theory of natural selection as opposed to the concept of God.
Key point 3
Darwin’s writings on religious issues were often thoughtful and nuanced. This ambiguity has led many to misinterpret him, especially concerning the common misconception of his atheism.
Key point 4
Darwin avidly engaged in correspondence with various scientists and thinkers from around the world. His numerous letters are particularly telling of his character.
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