1879: DARWIN’S GOD: Although he rejected the Bible, Darwin does not reject the idea that there is a god:
“It seems to me absurd to doubt that a man may be an ardent Theist & an evolutionist. ... In my most extreme fluctuations I have never been an atheist in the sense of denying the existence of a God. I think that generally (& more and more so as I grow older) but not always, that an agnostic would be the most correct description of my state of mind.”
Letter to John Fordyce, 7 May 1879
ED .COM. Darwin is right in that is it possible to be a theist, i.e. believe there is a god of some kind somewhere, and believe in evolution. However, you then have to ask the question: What kind of God would deliberately use a process of death, disease, famine and struggle to make the world and then declare it to be good?
Atheist and Oxford Professor Peter Atkins called any god who would use evolution “a most malign god”. (Big Questions, BBC1, 8 Feb 2009) If this was the only god available it is no wonder Darwin and Atkins do not want to know him. Darwin and Atkins are being more consistent in their beliefs than those who claim to believe in the God of the Bible, but reject God’s description of how He made the world. (Ref. theistic evolution, Scriptures Genesis, philosophy, world-view)
Darwin’s letters are available from the Darwin Correspondence Project at: http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/home
Evidence News, 16 December 2009