Some of Darwin’s chief defenders believed in God or a “vital force” guiding evolution. But Darwin would have none of it.
One might call the 20th century a “philosopher of the gaps” period, with scientists basking in the headlines and philosophy finding less and less to do.
One historian says Darwin’s naturalism came first, and “only later did he find a theory to validate his convictions.”
“Without Hegel there would have been no Darwin,” Pearcey explains.
A new book is out under his name. The first chapter asks, “Is there a God?” Answer: No.