People chose to believe what they wanted to believe in obedience to the then reigning intellectual fashion.
Charles Darwin, as we saw yesterday, pulled off an intellectual coup against the major thinkers of the Western tradition. How did he do it?
The classical pantheon, lacking moral credibility, had become a source of embarrassment to thoughtful Greeks.
What distinguished thinkers had long called out for its manifest absurdity was now, Phoenix-like, rising from the ashes.
Darwinism, when viewed from a philosophical perspective, might more accurately be understood as a late sub-branch of ancient speculative thought.