Friday, February 6, 2009

Darwin's religious beliefs

Looking ahead to the session on evolution and religion, I thought folks might be interested in this brief popular article by John Brooke on Darwin's own religious beliefs. John Brooke is an Oxford don and one of the world's leading historians of science and religion. That's why we're so chuffed that he's going to be coming to Calgary in the fall to deliver the third talk in our upcoming public lecture series, Introducing Charles Darwin. Public discussions of evolution and religion tend to be dominated by extremists on both sides, and so have a black-and-white character. But as John Brooke points out (and will point out at greater length in his talk), Darwin's own beliefs evolved through various shades of gray.

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