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April 4, 2009

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Q: Did Darwin recant?

A: It has been widely held among many sincere and well-meaning Christians that Charles Darwin on his deathbed not only renounced evolution, but also accepted Jesus Christ as his savior. The tale of this deathbed conversion has been passed down over the years as fact. This “event” has even been used as “evidence” that evolution is false. The overzealous have, at times, boldly proclaimed, “See—even Darwin knew that this theory was not true!”

What is the basis for this story? As often as it is repeated, there must be credible evidence that these events actually took place, right? Surely, the tale would not have continued though the years if it were a lie? Sadly, when evidence is sought, there is little to support this story.

Charles Darwin died in April 1882 and was buried in Westminster Abbey. Within days of his death, reports of a conversion experience began to circulate. The first report supposedly came in a sermon preached in South Wales by a gentleman identified as “Mr. Huntingdon.” Some weeks later there surfaced a report about a letter sent to John Eadie, a divinity professor in Glasgow, in which Darwin indicated, “He can with confidence look to Calvary.” Curiously, when examined, Darwin’s existing correspondence (which totals over 14,000 letters) contains no communication between these two men.

Did Darwin renounce evolution before he died? Read more about Lady Hope and the legend at Darwin’s Deathbed Conversion—a Legend?

News to Note Quick Look

Don’t get fooled with the evolutionists: To mark April Fools’ Day, National Geographic News summarized some historic—and noteworthy, from our perspective—scientific hoaxes. Read more.

The menace of giant salt lakes: Yet another explanation for a catastrophic mass extinction—could it be? Read more.

Also: “fuzzy” math; now we know what isn’t out there; how you can help (dis)prove evolution; and don’t miss . . . Read more.

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