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Lady Hope and Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin Biography with a Complete Review of His Life and

In Charles Darwin biography we find that he was born on February 12, 1809 in Shrewsbury, England.

Darwin was the British naturalist who became famous for his theories of evolution and natural selection.

Darwin believed that all the life on earth evolved (developed gradually) over millions of years from a few common ancestors.

From 1831 to 1836 Darwin served as naturalist aboard the H.M.S. Beagle on a British science expedition around the world.

Young Charles Darwin

In South America Darwin found fossils of extinct animals that were similar to modern species.

On the located in the Pacific Ocean (North-West of South America) he noticed many variations among plants and animals of the same general type as those in South America.

The expedition visited places around the world, and Darwin studied plants and animals everywhere he went, collecting specimens for further study.

In Charles Darwin biography we see that upon his return to London he conducted thorough research of his notes and specimens.

There are Several Related Theories:

  • Evolution did occur
  • Evolutionary change was gradual, requiring thousands to millions of years
  • The primary mechanism for evolution was a process called natural selection and
  • The millions of species alive today arose from a single original life form through a branching process called "specialization."

Darwin's theory of evolutionary selection holds that variation within species occurs randomly and that the survival or extinction of each organism is determined by that organism's ability to adapt to its environment.

He set these theories forth in his book called, "The Origin of Species" (1859).

Charles Darwin theory of evolution is based on five key observations and inferences drawn from them.

These observations and inferences have been summarized by the great biologist Ernst Mayr as follows:

  1. Species have great fertility. They make more offspring than can grow to adulthood.
  2. Populations remain roughly the same size, with modest fluctuations.

    From these three observations it may be inferred that in such an environment there will be a struggle for survival among individuals.

  3. Food resources are limited, but are relatively constant most of the time.
  4. In sexually reproducing species, generally no two individuals are identical. Variation is rampant.
  5. And, much of this variation is heritable. From this it may be inferred:

In a world of stable populations where each individual must struggle to survive, those with the "best" characteristics will be more likely to survive, and those desirable traits will be passed to their offspring.




The Battlefield of Faith
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Lady Hope & Charles Darwin Deathbed Confession

by Jikpamu


I don't know what to believe about this. My Pastor from my former Church once talked about this in a sermon. An interesting article (very long) with this conclusion:
Whatever decision the reader may come to, it would be as well to repeat the comments I made at the end of an earlier examination:
However, even if it were eventually to be proven that Darwin did return to the Christian faith in his last years, let me hastily add (lest my creationist colleagues raise their "hurrahs" too soon) that this would have little effect upon the convinced evolutionist

Darwin's Final Recantation

by just-ask-me

Lady Hope, who visited Charles Darwin during his last days on earth, has the following to say regarding his views on evolution towards the end of his life:
It was on a glorious Autumn afternoon when I was asked to go and sit with Charles Darwin. He was almost bedridden for some months before he died. Propped up with pillows, his features seemed to be lit up with pleasure as I entered the room.
He waved his hand towards the window as he pointed out the beautiful sunset seen beyond, while in the other he held an open Bible which he was always studying.
"What are you reading now?" I asked

Sir Francis Darwin (1848-1925)

by offmymeds

"Lady Hope's account of my father's views on religion is quite untrue. I have publicly accused her of falsehood, but have not seen any reply. My father's agnostic point of view is given in my Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Vol. I., pp. 304-317. You are at liberty to publish the above statement. Indeed, I shall be glad if you will do so. Yours faithfully, Francis Darwin. Brookthorpe, Gloucester. May 28, 1918."
His daughter Henrietta in 1922. ‘I was present at his deathbed,’ she wrote in the Christian for February 23, 1922. ‘Lady Hope was not present during his last illness, or any illness

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