Charles Darwin letter discussing God sold for $125,000
A letter of Charles Darwin’s in which he briefly discusses what he thinks of God, just sold at auction for $125,000 -- more than double the expected price.
Darwin, who brought his theory of evolution to the forefront of science, avoided speaking about religion after the death of his 10-year-old daughter, according to Newsweek. Which makes the three-page response letter of his on the subject exceptionally rare.
According to Newsweek, the letter is in response to a reader asking him if his theory of evolution "destroys the evidence of the existence of a God.”
To which Darwin replied that the strongest evidence that a God exists is the “intuition” people have giving evidence to what he described as “an intelligent beginner of the Universe.”
But he then added the caveat, “then comes the doubt and difficulty whether such intuitions are trustworthy."
Darwin was largely assumed to be an atheist after he published his most famous work, "On the Origin of Species."