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During the year 2009 – the "Year of Darwin" – it is important for Christians to understand that Darwin was opposed to both creationism and the Bible.
Take a look, for example, at the very last sentence of the 1859 edition of Darwin's Origin: "There is a grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed [by the Creator] into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved." At the insistence of T. H. Huxley and other advisors, the bracketed words were added to the third edition in 1861. It was pointed out to Darwin that the entire tone of his book was so anti-Christian that his message would be lost to the powerful Christian lobby of the day unless he paid some kind of lip-service to the Creator.
For a fine view of Darwin's irreligious nature, read the restored edition of his autobiography: The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809-1882 with original omissions restored. Darwin had written his autobiography in his last days for the benefit of his family; they, in turn, published it, although in expurgated form, in 1885. The parts omitted were considered to be offensive and would cause the general public to reject the Darwin name, the man and his message. Here is an example of an expurgated passage:
"I had gradually come, by this time, to see that the Old Testament, from its manifestly false history of the world … was no more to be trusted than the sacred books of the Hindus, or the beliefs of any barbarian…. Thus disbelief crept over me at a slow rate, but was at last complete. I can hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true …"
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