I had once assumed that any opposition to Darwin must necessarily be confined to the ranks of such as Biblical fundamentalists.
Literary critic William Empson, in a famous study, described Satan as the de facto hero of the epic in a cosmic revolt against divine repression.
If the reigning materialist paradigm had even a tolerably convincing weight of evidence behind it, I would be the first to accept it.
What are we to make of this radical discontinuity between the Earth and the rest of the cosmos?
Darwin’s reiteration here and elsewhere of the phrase “we may confidently believe” veils the tenuous truth-value of what he proposes.