- Publisher: Baker Pub Group (November 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801063183
- ISBN-13: 978-0801063183
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,520,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Darwin Legend
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He wrote in the first chapter, "Whenever I lecture or broadcast about Darwin in North America I am inevitably asked about his 'deathbed conversion.' ... Is the Darwin deathbed story a similar legend---a grotesque gloss on real historical events? I now believe so. But I reached this conclusion only by the most awkward, circuituous route." (Pg. 21-23)
"(Darwin) preferred the word 'agnostic'... 'Why should you be so aggressive?' Is anything to be gained by forcing new ideas on people? Freethought is 'all very well' for the educated, but are ordinary people 'ripe for it'? Here again spoke the parish naturalist, seeking not to disturb the social equilibrium." (Pg. 51)
"Much in Lady Hope's story is certainly fictitious. Darwin was not 'almost bedridden for some months before he died.' He was not 'always studying' the Bible, and he had no particular feeling for its 'grandeur.' He would never have asked Lady Hope to speak to anyone about 'Christ Jesus... and his salvation.' The notion of him 'joining in with the singing' of gospel hymns from his bedroom window is preposterous." (Pg. 94)
"And regardless of Lady Hope's reputation as a devout temperance worker... Emma would not have tolerated anything so intrusive as personal evangelizing." (Pg. 97)
"The Darwins consistently denied the deathbed legend, and rightly so.Read more ›