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Charles Darwin converted to Christianity

Did Charles Darwin become a Christian?

Charles Darwin

Did he even believe in God?

MANY CHRISTIANS THINK that Charles Darwin gave up believing his theory of evolution and that he converted to Christianity before he died. But thorough research has found no backing for this claim.

It is unfortunate that many well-meaning Christians — including many preachers — promote this story that Darwin withdrew his belief in evolution on his deathbed.

It would be a spectacular story for Christianity if it were true, but Christians should not bear false witness if it is not true.

Tracing the story

Many researchers have tried to trace this story back to its beginning. As far as we can tell, they have all concluded that the story about Darwin's deathbed rejection of evolution is not true.

Details of the tale vary, but the basic account, which first appeared in the Watchman-Examiner (Boston) of August 19, 1915, goes like this:

About seven months before Charles Darwin died in 1882, a woman known as “Lady Hope” supposedly visited him and found him reading the Bible's Book of Hebrews. When she mentioned the subject of creation as recorded in the Book of Genesis, he became agitated, but asked her to come back to speak about Jesus Christ to a group of servants, tenants and neighbors.

No recanting

Nowhere does this story say that Darwin expressed doubt about evolution. Nor does it say that he committed his life to Christ. It seems more likely that Darwin's thinking was “how can you believe the Bible if you can't prove it's true?”

Did Darwin believe in God?

From letters that Darwin wrote, we find that when people asked him his beliefs about God, he generally refused to give a satisfactory answer. His son Francis always maintained that his father was an agnostic.

One of Darwin's biographers, James Moore, examined the “Darwin legend” for 20 years and wrote a book about it in 1994. (The Darwin Legend, Baker Books, Grand Rapids, Michigan.) Moore found some truth in the story, but many enrichments, which he called “holy fabrication.”

Yes, there was a “Lady Hope” — Lady Elizabeth Hope (see photo at left), born Elizabeth Reid Cotton in Tasmania, Australia, on Friday December 9, 1842. She was the daughter of a British general, General Sir Arthur Cotton. She took part in tent evangelism and visited sick people in Kent in the 1880s.




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Charles Darwin - Beliver???

by DenverKing

Comments on the human eye -
To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree.
(Darwin 1872)
This is the one question that stumped Darwin until his death. I have heard claims that he converted to Christianity on his death bed. Has anybody else heard these claims? Any sources of truth for the conversion.??

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