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Darwins autobiography: Further evidence that Charles Darwin was not an atheist

In his own words!

Another source of conviction in the existence of God, connected with the reason and not with the feelings, impresses me as having much more weight. This follows from the extreme difficulty or rather impossibility of conceiving this immense and wonderful universe, including man with his capacity of looking far backwards and far into futurity, as the result of blind chance or necessity. When thus reflecting I feel compelled to look to a First Cause having an intelligent mind in some degree analogous to that of man; and I deserve to be called a Theist.

Charles Darwin
Autobiography. Page 92-93.


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Evidence that Charles Darwin was not an atheist!

In his own words, Charles Darwin did not reject belief in a god!

“It seems to me absurd to doubt that a man may be an ardent Theist & an evolutionist. … In my most extreme fluctuations I have never been an atheist in the sense of denying the existence of a God. I think that generally (& more and more so as I grow older) but not always, that an agnostic would be the most correct description of my state of mind.”

Charles Darwin
Letter to John Fordyce, 7 May 1879

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