When parsed carefully, the metaphorical structure of Darwin’s argumentation emerges as little less than a periphrastic description of the goddess Natura.
Darwinism is committed to evolution happening gradually, one step at a time, by single mutational changes.
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.