Natural selection reveals itself as not just a metaphor but a mixed one: Nature being dumb but nevertheless capable of discrimination.
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.
There is surely some historical irony in the attempt to enlist Charles Darwin posthumously in defense of the atheist cause.