Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909) provides the closest chronological fit with Darwin.
Remarkably, Darwin’s evolutionary ideas did not derive from his empirical observations in the South Seas or anywhere else.
Literary critic William Empson, in a famous study, described Satan as the de facto hero of the epic in a cosmic revolt against divine repression.
The universe, according to Epicureanism, is without a creator, a purposeless and non-intelligent concourse of atoms without any cosmic source of direction.
For science reporters, misinformation on a hot story was “Too good to check.”