[ExI] Darwin the Deist

Dan dan_ust at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 8 21:43:59 UTC 2009

--- On Mon, 6/8/09, Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com> wrote:
> At 01:53 PM 6/8/2009 -0700, Dan wrote:
>> IIRC, he did not remain that way, but seems to have
>> ended his days as a deist -- which is still not an atheist,
>> but isn't a Christian.
> This looks close enough:
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Darwin%27s_views_on_religion>
> <Though reticent about his religious views, in 1879 he
> responded that he had never been an atheist in the sense of
> denying the existence of a God, and that generally "an
> Agnostic would be the more correct description of my state
> of mind."[7] He went as far as saying that "Science has
> nothing to do with Christ, except insofar as the habit of
> scientific research makes a man cautious in admitting
> evidence. For myself, I do not believe that there ever has
> been any revelation. As for a future life, every man must
> judge for himself between conflicting vague
> probabilities.">
> [7] <http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/content/view/130/125/>

This is compatible with what I've read and heard elsewhere about his views.




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