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Darwinism as Religion: What Literature Tells Us about Evolution

Michael Ruse


Through the lens of poetry and fiction, Darwinism as Religion tells the history of evolutionary theory, arguing that Charles Darwin was the significant figure in this story, that his Origin of Species published in 1859 was the key work, and that the revolution he brought about was less one of science and more one of religion. Evolutionary thinking focusing on Darwin’s mechanism of natural selection formed a rival worldview to the Christianity from which his ideas in major respects derived. Darwinism as Religion is unique in combing a deep feeling for literature with a synoptic knowledge of the ... More

Keywords: Charles Darwin, Darwinism, evolutionary theory, Christianity, literature, worldview, religion, natural selection, Progress

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190241025
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190241025.001.0001


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Michael Ruse, author