skip to content

Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-12088

To N. A. von Mengden   5 June 1879

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | (Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.)

June 5th 79

Dear Sir

I am much engaged, an old man and out of health, & I cannot spare time to answer your questions fully,— nor indeed can they be answered. Science has nothing to do with Christ, except in so far as the habit of scientific research makes a man cautious in admitting evidence. For myself, I do not believe that there ever has been any Revelation. As for a future life every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities.

Wishing you happiness | I remain Dear Sir | yours faithfully | Charles Darwin

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-12088
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Mengden, N. A.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
David W. Bowerman
Physical description
2pp

Summary

NvM’s questions cannot be answered fully. "Science has nothing to do with Christ, except in so far as the habit of scientific research makes a man cautious in admitting evidence. For myself, I do not believe that there has ever been any Revelation."

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12088,” accessed on 30 April 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-12088

letter