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News concerning a recently rediscovered long-lost "Memorial Poem" in honor of Charles Darwin, written by George Romanes, a work that casts new light on the relation between "religion and science," especially Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.  Books by J. David Pleins detail these debates, discoveries, and controversies.

LOST MANUSCRIPT REDISCOVERED AFTER MORE THAN A CENTURY 

THE STORY BEHIND THE CHARLES DARWIN "MEMORIAL POEM"

A DARWINIAN OF THE "INNER CIRCLE" OFFERS UNEXPECTED VIEWS OF DARWIN AND RELIGION

Missing for more than a century, at long last the extensive elegy written by Darwin's close friend and collaborator George Romanes sees the light of day! The Memorial Poem,  penned by a member of Darwin's inner circle, challenges common stereotypes about religion and science in Victorian times and today.  This rich poetic tapestry alters our way of looking at the relation between Darwin's science and religion. The poem is actually a collection of 127 poems that reflect on Darwin's burial at Westminster Abbey, take readers on a pilgrimage to Down House, and wrestle with the problem of evil to achieve a new vision for religion and science. The complete original typescript of this extensive work is accessible for the first time in my latest book. Click here to read more about the story behind In Praise of Darwin.

This is what one reviewer has said about my book In Praise of Darwin:

“The text is often counter-intuitive, full of surprises, and should be read by all those interested in the impact that Darwinian ideas had on the religious convictions of his contemporaries.” –  Denis Alexander, The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund's College, Cambridge.

Of course, central to this stunning manuscript discovery is the figure of Charles Darwin. Beyond the usual stereotypes, there are actually many new insights to be had concerning Darwin's investigations into religion. This is the untold story. In my book, The Evolving God, we learn that throughout his entire life Darwin held a strong interest in the question of religion. He was particularly interested in knowing how our religious awareness evolved. Unfortunately, today's very vocal debates about "creation vs. evolution" overshadow this larger and more interesting story of Darwin's life-long quest to understand why humans are religious. Yet now my book brings to life this side of Darwin's intellectual journey. Click here to read more about The Evolving God.

 

 

 

 

For a thoroughly researched and readable account of Darwin’s thinking about religion, this is a book that could hardly be bettered.
— – John Hedley Brooke, Reviews in Science and Religion