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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Nicolai 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 & 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.1

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

Footnotes

See letter from Nicolai Mengden, 3 June 1879. For more on CD’s religious beliefs, see Secord ed. 2008, pp. 391–6.

Bibliography

Secord, James Andrew, ed. 2008. Charles Darwin: evolutionary writings. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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."

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-12088
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Nicolai Mengden, Baron von Mengden
Sent from
Down
Source of text
David W. Bowerman (private collection)
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12088,” accessed on 27 May 2020, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-12088.xml

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