Although Wallace receded into the deep recesses of my memory, I had what Pasteur called “the prepared mind.”
What drives natural selection? Evolutionary forces. What are evolutionary forces? They’re what drive natural selection.
If you are a pine tree, you need to have antifreeze in your needles if you are rooted beyond certain latitudes or elevations.
They conclude, “there is something besides mutations and survival of the fittest needed to explain evolution.”
Paradoxically, Wordsworth’s theology may have formed a more effective counterforce to Darwin’s ideas than Biblical orthodoxy itself.