Even Charles Bradlaugh, the first atheist member of Parliament, was haunted by the psalmist’s reproach, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”
There is surely some historical irony in the attempt to enlist Charles Darwin posthumously in defense of the atheist cause.
How was Darwinian theory, despite its lack of empirical support or even semblance of verisimilitude, able to advance to its present position of orthodoxy?
The arresting historical vignette of Darwin’s fraught meeting with Bradlaugh and Aveling at his country retreat would doubtless make for a good TV docudrama.
Bottom line: Darwin did not have a single scrap of empirical fieldwork to document his conjectures.