Sputtering nihilists have turned their rage on the idea that someone, somewhere, could be thinking that the unborn man or woman is a miracle worth protecting.
“To those whose delight it is to dwell upon the manifold instances of intelligent design which everywhere surround us, this book will be a rich storehouse.”
Darwin was not at all unsure about the value of his orchid book. He viewed it as presenting the most convincing case for natural selection that he could make.
As Darwin argued, “we can hardly believe that the webbed feet of the upland goose or of the frigate-bird are of special use to these birds.”
Erasmus even touched on the theory of natural selection when he concluded that the strongest and most active animals would propagate the species.