In Praise of Darwin: George Romanes and the Evolution of a Darwinian Believer

In Praise of Darwin: George Romanes and the Evolution of a Darwinian Believer

by J. David Pleins


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George John Romanes, close friend and colleague of Darwin, remains a misunderstood figure in the history of evolutionary science. Although his scientific contributions have been valued, his religious jourbaney has been either neglected or misjudged. Typically scholars only acknowledge some of the work on theism he did at the very end of his life and usually blame his wife for doctoring the record with her pieties. His extensive poetry writing, much of it religious, has never been explored and his "Memorial Poem" to Darwin has been completely overlooked. The recent discovery of the original typescript of the poem, lost for more than a century and reprinted in this book for the first time, allows us to enter the mind of a major Darwinian as we watch him struggle to put together faith and science on a positive basis.

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ISBN-13: 9781623565541
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 06/19/2014
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.79(w) x 8.78(h) x 1.31(d)

About the Author

J. David Pleins is Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University, USA. He is the author of The Evolving God (2013), When the Great Abyss Opened: Classic and Contemporary Readings of Noah's Flood (2003), and served as an associate editor for Doubleday's The Anchor Bible Dictionary, 6 volumes (1992).

Table of Contents

Preface: Hidden for a Century
List of Illustrations

1 A Candid Examination of Theism: The Evolution of a Skeptic
2 The Tolling of the Funeral Bell: The Death of Charles Darwin
3 To Sleep Beneath Thy Sacred Floor: Darwin's Funeral and a Revelation of Light
4 A Deathless Name: The Paradox of Fame
5 Treasures of the Heart: Memories of Down House
6 The Elemental War: Devilry and Harmony
7 Intuition of the Infinite: The Evolution of a Seeker

Chart: Typescript and Poems 1879-1889: Comparison of Poem Numbers
Appendix: Charles Darwin: A Memorial Poem

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