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Darwin’s single use of word ‘GOD’ in his 1859 <br />“ON THE ORIGINOFSPECIES”<br />[page] 167 CHAP. V. SUMMARY.<br />For my...
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Curious Fact About Charles Darwin

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Curious fact about Charles Darwin: he uses the word \'GOD\' only once in his 1859 book \'On the origin of species\'

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  1. 1. Darwin’s single use of word ‘GOD’ in his 1859 <br />“ON THE ORIGINOFSPECIES”<br />[page] 167 CHAP. V. SUMMARY.<br />For myself, I venture confidently to look back thousands on thousands of generations, and I see an animal striped like a zebra, but perhaps otherwise very differently constructed, the common parent of our domestic horse, whether or not it be descended from one or more wild stocks, of the ass, the hemionus, quagga, and zebra.<br />He who believes that each equine species was independently created, will, I presume, assert that each species has been created with a tendency to vary, both under nature and under domestication, in this particular manner, so as often to become striped like other species of the genus; and that each has been created with a strong tendency, when crossed with species inhabiting distant quarters of the world, to produce hybrids resembling in their stripes, not their own parents, but other species of the genus. To admit this view is, as it seems to me, to reject a real for an unreal, or at least for an unknown, cause. It makes the works of God a mere mockery and deception; I would almost as soon believe with the old and ignorant cosmogonists, that fossil shells had never lived, but had been created in stone so as to mock the shells now living on the sea-shore<br />
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