Wishes to defend CD from the attacks E. B. Pusey made in his sermon [see 11763]. Raises specific questions on CD's theological views in order to refute Pusey's accusations.
2. Park Street | Oxford.
A sermon of D
I have written to D
That the ''transformation theory`` is a special object of your interest because it dispenses with the intervention of a personal creator.
Third, that your object was to establish a First cause introduced ''to save us from the conception of eternity of matter, but who, after his creation looks on unconcerned upon the result of his act upon his creatures``, and that this is the essence of Darwinism.
These are the three things I have ventured to ask you about, all the important parts in the rest I have answered to my satisfaction, if not to his. But these I could not directly answer as they seem to be based on ideas of your meaning rather than on actual facts.
If you should kindly answer this letter, would you say if I might publish in the ''Undergraduates journal``, your answer, as I hold it important that erroneous notions of this theory should not be promulgated.
Trusting that you will pardon my troubling you with this communication
I remain | Yours truly | Henry N. Ridley | —
- f1 11765.f1Edward Bouverie Pusey's sermon Un-science, not science, adverse to faith was preached by Henry Parry Liddon on EBP's behalf on 3 November 1878 at the University of Oxford (Pusey 1878). Although the sermon was then printed in the Undergraduate's Journal on 7 November 1878, the annotated edition HNR refers to was not published until at least 13 November 1878 (Guardian (London), 1878, p. 1572). CD's reply to HNR is dated 28 November 1878.
- f2 11765.f2Also see letter to John Brodie Innes, 27 November 1878.