Charles Darwin indiscriminately lumped together the organic and inorganic spheres — a grand category error.
The book under review is a splendid and uniquely well-informed contribution to the debate about what is by all indices a theory in possibly terminal crisis.
It was undoubtedly a tremendous philosophical coup for Darwin whose knowledge of formal philosophy was limited.
Paradoxically, Wordsworth’s theology may have formed a more effective counterforce to Darwin’s ideas than Biblical orthodoxy itself.
Even Charles Bradlaugh, the first atheist member of Parliament, was haunted by the psalmist’s reproach, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”