From: Holly J.

 

I received your email for a free ”Doubt Darwin” sticker. I must say you make me feel shame for other Christians. I have no problem whatsoever that you believe in creationism or that you try to spread it, but bringing poor Darwin into the mess is going too far. He was a very intelligent man WHO WAS RELIGIOUS. He believed in God. And so do I. There is NO need to attack people to push forth the idea of creationism. God is loving and caring and we only attack those who try to harm us. Keep the discussion friendly or people will not listen to you.

 

RESPONSE:

Holly,

Thank you for writing and sharing your comment with us about Charles Darwin. 

Everyone is RELIGIOUS in one way or another, including atheists.  Their religion is one of naturalism and materialism.  As for Charles Darwin, his personal religion changed from a loose belief in God in his younger days, to complete rejection of the God of the Bible later in life. 

Darwin’s father-in-law, Josiah Wedgwood II (of Wedgwood China fame) was an important figure in the local Unitarian church.  Charles Darwin did attend the Unitarian church with his wife Emma, but she often complained that his attendance was not as regular as she would have liked.  The reason for his frequent absences was often blamed on health issues which were well known, but they were also due to his weak and questioning faith in the God of the Bible. 

The pride and joy of Charles Darwin was his daughter Annie, born in 1841.  She was a very bright and outgoing girl and Charles loved her dearly.  Annie, along with 2 of his other children caught Scarlet fever.  She never fully recovered and some historians believe that she also contracted tuberculosis.  After months of suffering from her illness, Annie Darwin died shortly after her 10th birthday. 

Charles took her death very hard.  He could not understand how the loving God of the Bible could allow a child like his precious Annie to suffer and die at such a young age.  After Annie’s funeral, Darwin never again attended church with his wife. 

Biographers Desmond and Moore, noted this event as the end of Darwin’s belief in God: Annie¹s cruel death destroyed Charles’s tatters of beliefs in a moral, just universe. Later he would say that this period chimed the final death-knell for his Christianity, Charles now took his stand as an unbeliever.

At the same time his beloved Annie died, Darwin was working through his notes and research on the theory of evolution by means of natural selection.  Although the publication of his book was still eight years off, he was immersed into sorting out his observations made on his sea voyage years earlier and those made in the countryside surrounding his estate.  His growing belief in naturalism made it more and more difficult for him to believe in the miracles contained in the Bible. 

The more he worked to develop his theory, the more he came to realize that they were in direct contradiction to biblical Christianity and a belief in God in general. 

In his Autobiography Darwin wrote: I can hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so, the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my father, brother and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished.  And this is a damnable doctrine.

From his own words, Darwin expressed his belief that Christianity couldn’t be true along with his understanding of the plain language of Scripture that condemns unbelievers to Hell.  He could not comprehend a religion that would condemn his own father, brother and friends to an everlasting punishment. 

Less than a month after Darwin’s death in April 1882, reports started to circulate that Darwin had made a deathbed confession denouncing his theory of evolution and his acceptance of Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  The best known of these deathbed confessions came from a Lady Hope.  She claimed that in the autumn prior to his death that she visited Darwin at Down House and he was reading his Bible.  After some discussion about Genesis and creation, supposedly he asked her to come back the next day to talk about Jesus to his servants, tenants and neighbors.  A story to this effect was first published in the Watchman Examiner, an American Baptist journal.  This story has been reprinted in numerous other magazines, books and websites.  I’ve heard more than a fair number of Christians sharing this tale of Darwin’s deathbed conversion. 

However, there has never been anyone that has verified the account as having taken place.  Darwin’s daughter Henrietta later wrote that she had been present at her father’s bedside when he died and that Lady Hope was not there, nor was she ever present during her father’s last illness or any other illness.  Henrietta said that Lady Hope had no influence on her father or his beliefs.  Darwin’s son, Francis also said that his father had never renounced evolution on his deathbed and that any such reports were completely unfounded.

I have read Darwin’s writings and autobiography and feel confident that his religion from the time of Annie’s death in 1851 to his own death in 1882 was that of atheistic naturalism.  He rejected the Bible, biblical creation, the doctrine of divine punishment for unbelievers and ultimately Jesus Christ as the Son of God. 

However, we are not personally attacking Darwin as much as we are attacking his theory of evolution and the ramifications it has caused for the past 150 years.  To realize that thousands of people have turned away from their Christian beliefs to embrace Darwin’s evolutionary religion of naturalism resulting in their eternal damnation is something we don’t take lightly.  We vow to continue to do all we can to counter this deadly epidemic that continues to spread its malignancy into the homes and lives of so many ill equipped Christians and non-Christians alike, resulting in their eternal torment and separation from God.

As Christians, we are called to give a defense of our faith as commanded in 1 Peter 3:14-16:  

 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed.  Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.

 Our mission is to show the world that there is a God who created the world and that He has a beautiful plan for His creation.  To accomplish this mission, we strive to provide a balance of both scientific and theological materials via our daily web postings and online bookstore to help equip you to give a proper defense of your faith.

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