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What Kind of God? (July 26, 2006)
I enjoyed your reflections on Darwin, but I resist seeing the author of The Origin of Species as another "natural theologian." Natural theology was, indeed, the context that informed Victorian sensibilities about God and nature. Clearly, many skeptical Englishmen and women found God in nature long after they had rejected both church doctrine and a literal interpretation of Scripture, especially where the natural world was concerned.

Still, Darwin was and is the destroyer of natural theology, not its preserver. He was certain that the central tenets of natural theology — a benevolent, intelligently-designed (if you will pardon the anachronism), man-centered universe — were false. More importantly, what kind of God does Darwin leave us? An absentee landlord in a universe governed by chance. What kind of faith is this?