The Hope of Resurrection


Question: Why did Darwin lose his faith and end his years in sorrow?

Answer: the natural theology of the middle ages, which permeated the west (I would add still today ...), couldn't provide anything close answer for why his most beloved daughter died suddenly.


It wasn't his observations of birds that couldn't fly, or the web-footed animal that lived on dry land, or even the crazy wasps that lay eggs in their host, keeping them alive just long enough for the larvae to hatch and eat their way out ... It was a little girl who died that left a gaping hole in Darwin's heart, which theology could not fill.

Darwin, like all of us, longed for the hope of resurrection. Yet, it seems that he didn't recognize the longing. That's the tragedy of his story, but it doesn't have to be the tragedy of ours.
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