So what is real, according to Brent Mishler? Only phylogeny — the tree of evolutionary descent.
It was undoubtedly a tremendous philosophical coup for Darwin whose knowledge of formal philosophy was limited.
The reviewers that insist this work is “ludicrous,” a “smear,” or a “hatchet job” are wrong; it is none of these.
Paradoxically, Wordsworth’s theology may have formed a more effective counterforce to Darwin’s ideas than Biblical orthodoxy itself.
Many reported being “converted” to a Wordsworthian view of the world after reading him.