Dr. Bruce J. Hunt: Darwin and Religion, or the Lack of It

ACA Lecture Series -- Dr. Bruce J. Hunt, Associate Professor of History, UT Austin
2011-10-02
When people talk about Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution by natural selection, one issue almost always looms large, even if not directly addressed:
that of Darwin and religion. What implications, if any, did Darwin think his theory had for religious belief? How have religious responses to Darwin's theory changed
- evolved, one might say - over the century and a half since Darwin's Origin of Species was first published? What in fact were Darwin's own religious views, and how did
they change during his life? A brief examination of these questions will give us a more rounded view of Darwin and his theory, and will shed light on controversies that
continue to this day.
Bruce J. Hunt is an associate professor in the History Department at the University of Texas. His research focuses on the history of science and technology in the
19th century, particularly in Britain and the British Empire; he is the author of The Maxwellians (1991) and Pursuing Power and Light: Technology and Physics from
James Watt to Albert Einstein (2010). He has a longstanding interest in the life and work of Charles Darwin and in the history of evolutionary biology.
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