Even Charles Bradlaugh, the first atheist member of Parliament, was haunted by the psalmist’s reproach, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”
In 1848 Ralph Waldo Emerson is on record as having paid a return visit to the then aged Wordsworth.
Ideas do indeed have consequences, but not all ideas play out the same way or weave their way in the history of ideas toward the same destination.
As I asked in a previous post: Why is Alfred Russel Wallace today a comparatively little known figure next to Darwin?
Boodin’s view that science and metaphysics could mutually inform one another was full of promise.