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.
A less class-bound kind of protectiveness was shown to Darwin in the United States by Professor Asa Gray of Harvard University.
The theory of natural selection was the co-discovery of two men, but by the mid 1860s one of its progenitors began to reject his own theory.
A whole host of “certified geniuses” have failed to crack the human language problem, and this must count as a blow to Darwinian ideas of evolution.