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Darwin Correspondence Project

From A child of God   [after 24 February 1871?]1

A Message, from God unto thee

Oh Man, Man, Man, why wrap yourself up in the dark theories of your own imagination; and spend your days in striving to prove “God” a liar? Let God be true, but every man a liar, all the Science and philosophy in the world, has never, will never save a single soul, Jesus saves, and Jesus only, you cannot reason out God, His ways are wonderful! and past finding out   Come out of yourself, while yet God gives you space for repentance, and seek after Him if haply you may find Him, half the time and breath you have spent in trying to prove a false theory would have brought the Living God even “Christ” our “Salvation”, down into your heart, which is the proper ‘dwelling place of God’, on earth is He there? or where art thou? in His sight Believe the Bible— Eternal ruin awaits you, if ye believe not the record God gives of His Son, our only Saviour make Him yours, while time is given, for there is no repentance in the grave whither ye go, Repent ye, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, fly to the foot of the “cross” and kneeling there pray the Sinners prayer, “God be merciful” to me the sinner. God never made man of Apes and Monkeys, but men have made Apes of themselves, by not believing the revelation He has given us of Himself, Be wise, seek Christ and live, for why will ye die? the death of Sin and ignorance, while Eternal Life, is offered to you. The record of God is that He hath given to us eternal Life and that Life is in His Son, whoso therefore hath the Son hath Life and whoso hath not the Son hath not Life, God is even now seeking your Soul, Surrender and be Saved for Christs Sake. God said—“Let us make Man in our image, after our likeness, so God created man in His own image in the image of God, created he him, male and female created he them”, Genesis 1–26–27

God formed Man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of ‘Life’, and man became a Living Soul, Gen 2–7

What is man? Job 7–17. Psalm 8–4 in the sight of God verily an Atom of dust! and yet, “Brethren” of Jesus. John 20 verse 17, Acts 1st 14 and as such worth redeeming, and He has redeemed the World, let Him redeem you, for each unit must come to Him separately, May God give you grace for the Redeemers sake,

A child of God


The date is conjectured from the likelihood that this letter was inspired by the publication of Descent.


Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.


Urges CD to repent and seek salvation through Christ.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 201: 1
Physical description
AL 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13770,” accessed on 15 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19