It has long been recognized that the many hymns to Nature in the poetic works of William Wordsworth (1770-1850) convey an implicit belief in natural theology.
As a plethora of books, articles, and TV programs have recently intoned, our almost complete ignorance of the nature of ultimate reality has been laid bare.
Consideration of Erasmus Darwin’s writings suggests that his unbelief could well have been father to the thought in the matter of his evolutionary speculations.
There is surely some historical irony in the attempt to enlist Charles Darwin posthumously in defense of the atheist cause.
To isolate and quantify the factors which ultimately led to the acceptance of Darwinian ideas is not a straightforward task.