Later this month, a letter written by Charles Darwin will be auctioned off. In it, the famed naturalist explains that he doesn’t believe in the Christian God:
Darwin’s letter is a reply to a young barrister named Francis McDermott. McDermott wrote to Darwin on November 23, 1880, with an unusual request.
“If I am to have pleasure in reading your books I must feel that at the end I shall not have lost my faith in the New Testament,” he wrote.
“My reason in writing to you therefore is to ask you to give me a Yes or No to the question Do you believe in the New Testament…” McDermott wrote.
McDermott continues by promising not to publicise Darwin’s reply in the “theological papers”. Darwin responded the very next day.
“Dear Sir, I am sorry to have to inform you that I do not believe in the Bible as a divine revelation and therefore not in Jesus Christ as the son of God. Yours faithfully Ch Darwin,” Darwin wrote.
Sadly, I don’t think this will put to rest all those false stories about how Darwin supposedly converted on his deathbed. It just confirms the suspicions of science deniers, that evolution is some sort of extension of atheism and not a scientific theory backed by mountains of evidence.
The letter is expected to sell for between $70,000 – $90,000.
On a side note, my handwriting is better than Darwin’s. I think I deserve a prize for that.