Notoriously, one of the shrewdest of Darwin’s “reticences” concerned the lack of fossil evidence.
A colleague remarked to me (in an uncharacteristically unscholarly disclosure) that he could not share my interest in “all this old 19th-century stuff.”
As is the case with the Biblical parables of Jesus, this one is entirely self-explanatory and needs no further comment from myself.
Charles Darwin himself exemplified the Argument from Pique, alluded to in past entries in this series, to a tee.
The threat which such thinking posed to theistic beliefs was not lost on the Roman Catholic Church when Pope Pius IX convened the First Vatican Council of 1869.