On 27 December 1831, Charles Darwin boarded HMS Beagle in Plymouth and embarked on a voyage that would last nearly five years and, in other ways, a lifetime.
Before the trip Darwin had been 'a sort of Christian': 'orthodox' in a conventional, rational, Anglican kind of way.
What he experienced on the Beagle set him on a journey from Christianity, through theism, to the muddled agnosticism of his old age.
Nick Spencer draws on Darwin's autobiography, manuscripts, notebooks and letters - as well as his world-famous publications - in exploring Darwin's view of design, purpose, morality, the universe and the human mind.
The author argues that, although Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection did undermine his Christian faith, it was the age-old problem of suffering - first in theory, then through the dreadful loss of his favorite child - that caused it to break down. "Darwin and God" is the first full-length account of Darwin's religious beliefs to be published in the UK.
Meticulously-researched, it presents a moving, compelling and tumultuous story of one of the world's greatest scientists.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: SPCK Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/02/2009
- Category: Religion & science
- ISBN: 9780281060825