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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Darwin's transformation

From Before Darwin: 232

Charles Darwin's transformation from Christian believer to agnostic 'crept over [him] at a very slow rate'. For a long time he held on to a position as a theist, being prepared to believe in the existence of a God but rejecting both the Old Testament, 'from its manifestly false history of the world ... and from its attributing to God the feelings of a vengeful tyrant', and also the miracles of the New Testament.

Darwin trod the path that many individuals, and indeed the broad social sweep has and is treading.