To W. R. Browne 22 December 1880
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | (Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.)
Dec 22 1880
I am much obliged for your very courteous note1. I regret that it wd be impossible for me to explain the causes of my disbelief in any good being derived from the conference, without treating the subject at inordinate length. I will only add that in my opinion, a man who wishes to form a judgment on this subject, must weigh the evidence for himself; & he ought not to be influenced by being told that a considerable number of scientific men can reconcile the results of science with revealed or or natural religion, whilst others cannot do so.
I beg leave to remain | Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Charles Darwin
Believes the conference will be of no value because individuals can only decide for themselves on the truths of science and religion.
- creationism, religion
- experiment, scientific observation
- negative attitude/assessment
- theory (including philosophy)
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12931,” accessed on 1 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-12931