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The revival of Darwinism

by Jim Secord
  • 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.