Teacher's notes: Darwin and Religion

The Teacher’s Notes sections help you to make the most of using Darwin’s letters in the classroom. To accompany every subject specific or cross-curricula pack you will find:

  • An overview of each theme and of the types of activity.
  • A set of ‘Understanding Letters’ questions (with model answers) to test comprehension of letters in each activity.
  • A powerpoint presentation for each pack that is easy to adapt for use in the classroom.

Darwin and Religion

Activities for: Religious Education Key Stage 3 and 4

Are the lines between God and Darwin clearly divided? Explores what the letters reveal about Darwin’s views of God and religion and consider the importance of tolerance and respect.

Materials in this pack

This resource pack provides edited letters to and from Charles Darwin, contextual images, diary entries and selected texts to enable you to:

- explore Darwin’s fluctuating attitude towards religion and God
- discuss the importance of tolerance to society
- debate from different religious perspectives

Activities include:

- interview Darwin about his views on religion
- try out a strategy for conflict resolution
- write a report on the support offered by religious communities and whether you need to be religious to care

More Religious Education activities can be found in the following packs:

The Beagle Voyage/ Darwin’s Scientific Women/ How Dangerous was Darwin?

Packs can be used on-line or materials can be downloaded.
The packs contain links to the Darwin Correspondence Project main site and to other relevant sources.