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Isn't Darwin's Theory of Evolution totally at odds with the account of creation given in the Book of Genesis?

(Spoiler alert: Yes it is.)

Is Charles Darwin's house open to the public?

Yes, it is…

Did my ancestor know Charles Darwin?

Over the years, I have received a number of Darwin-related queries from amateur genealogists…

Why are you such a Darwin groupie?

Much to my surprise, I am asked this question quite a lot…

Didn't Karl Marx offer to dedicate Das Kapital to Darwin?

It’s well known that the father of international socialism, Karl Marx, offered to dedicate one of the volumes of ‘Das Kapital’ to Charles Darwin. However…

… So Let's All Be Scientists!

You don't have to be a scientist to be a scientist.

Only a Theory?

In science, a theory is as good as it gets.

John Stevens Henslow

I fully believe a better man never walked this earth. —Charles Darwin to J.D. Hooker 18th May, 1861 If anyone could lay claim to being one of the greatest Friends of Charles Darwin, it was the Reverend Professor John Stevens Henslow. Not only did this good-natured academic and clergyman teach Darwin much of his scientific…

Sir Richard Owen: the archetypal villain

What a strange man to be envious of a naturalist like myself, immeasurably his inferior! —Charles Darwin to J.S. Henslow 8th May, 1860 If ever an example were sought of the old dictum that history is written by the victors, we need look no further than that of the brilliant Victorian anatomist and palaeontologist, Sir…

FitzRoy's Bicentenary

Robert FitzRoy’s name is forever associated with—and has been eclipsed by—Darwin’s. The poor man has received something of a bad press over the years. He is remembered as a bad-tempered, religious fundamentalist who refused to see the self-evident truth of evolution, despite having travelled the world for five years in the company of Charles Darwin. But he deserves to be remembered as more than the tragically misguided figure who fell out with Darwin: he was a fascinating and complex man, whose sense of duty and strong moral values drove him to great feats—and more than once landed him in trouble.