Darwin was an agnostic who said he didn't know if God existed. He also didn't believe in God. There is no inconsistency.
Do you have a reading comprehension problem? Darwin: "I am inclined to look at everything as resulting from designed laws"...Who was the designer of those laws?
If you believe that the existence of a God is not knowable, you are not a Deist. Deists believe that a God does exist.
Again...That reading comprehension problem. It is the knowledge that is beyond human comprehension. Knowledge is proof. That is what both Darwin and Huxley were referring to. I even gave you Huxley's definition of agnostic...Huxley created the word "agnostic". My idea of God may differ from yours but I can't prove my faith is right and you can't prove your faith is right.
Now you're changing the goalposts. We were talking about God's existence, not his nature. Deists do not doubt God's existence.
No, we were not talking about God's existence. We were talking about Darwin's agnosticism. Darwin could not define God. Huxley could not define God. You can not define God.
Darwin's book was a direct assault on ID. He despised ID.
Again...Darwin: "I am inclined to look at everything as resulting from designed laws"...How does that differ from intelligent design?
He was dismayed when Asa Gray accepted his theories of natural selection by claiming that God directed it.
Rubbish. Gray helped Darwin develop the theory of evolution. Gray wrote "Darwiniana" praising Darwin. The only "dismay" was Darwin's fear that religious zealots would have him and Gray imprisoned or hung!
Darwin didn't think anybody was directing it.
Nor does any other Deist.
"I cannot anyhow be contented to view this wonderful universe, and especially the nature of man, and to conclude that everything is the result of brute force. I am inclined to look at everything as resulting from designed laws, with the details, whether good or bad, left to the working out of what we may call chance."...Charles Darwin
posted on 09/27/2006 4:06:53 PM PDT
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