Darwin's Religious Odyssey

Overview

Charles Darwin's five-year journey around the globe has been studied in detail, but few have written about his lifelong personal religious struggles. Using newly available material, William Phipps presents a captivating chronicle of Darwin's journey of faith and the evolution of his religious views.
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Overview

Charles Darwin's five-year journey around the globe has been studied in detail, but few have written about his lifelong personal religious struggles. Using newly available material, William Phipps presents a captivating chronicle of Darwin's journey of faith and the evolution of his religious views.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Anti-evolutionary writers tend to depict Charles Darwin as a godless infidel who was bent on disproving biblical events and supplanting religion with a new god-science. But in Darwin's Religious Odyssey, philosophy professor William Phipps takes great pains to demonstrate that Darwin's religious worldview, well, evolved; he began as an orthodox Anglican priest-in-training and wound up as a self-tortured but not irreligious skeptic. The book's greatest strength is its reliance on Darwin's own journals and correspondence to depict his "circuitous journey of faith." One 1860s letter shows the naturalist's dilemma: "With respect to the theological view of the question: this is always painful to me. I am bewildered. I had no intention to write atheistically. But I own that I cannot see as plainly as others do, and as I should wish to do, evidence of design and beneficence on all sides of us. There seems to me too much misery in the world.... On the other hand, I cannot anyhow be contented to view this wonderful universe and especially the nature of man, and to conclude that everything is the result of brute force."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437969757
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/28/2009
  • Language: Elamite
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

William Phipps is Professor Emeritus of Religion and Philosophy, Davis and Elkins College. His numerous books on sexual themes in biblical and church history include Genesis and Gender, Was Jesus Married? and Influential Theologians on Wo/Man. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Preface
A Selective Darwin-Wedgwood Genealogy
1 Growing up Anglican 1
2 The Christian Voyager 16
3 The Unorthodox Theorist 31
4 The Evolutionary Tree of Life 59
5 Religious Controversies over Natural Selection 80
6 The Homo Sapiens Creation 107
7 Final Personal Considerations 141
8 Theological Conclusions 172
Selected Bibliography 202
Index 205
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