RECORD: Anon. 1903. [Darwin's religiously tolerant agnosticism]. Sunderland Daily Echo (29 June), p. 2.

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 3.2020. RN1.

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Here is an illustrative point – a piece of news to many who imagine that they know every detail about Charles Darwin. This great scientist was and is reviled by many zealots as an ultra-Agnostic. Yet it is a fact that he not only so ordered his household on Sundays that his servants and others who wished to attend church might conveniently do so, but cheerfully incurred personal expense that his servants might go to worship comfortably, and, I am told, paid pew-rents for them. This was quite consistent with Agnosticism.


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