George John Romanes, close friend and colleague of Darwin, remains a misunderstood figure in the history of evolutionary science. Although his scientific contributions have been valued, his religious journey has been either neglected or misjudged. Scholars typically only acknowledge some of the work on theism he did at the very end of his life and usually blame his wife for doctoring the record with her pieties. Romanes's extensive poetry writing, much of it religious, has never been explored and his Memorial Poem to Darwin has been completely overlooked. The recent discovery of the original typescript of the poem, lost for more than a century and reprinted in this book for the first time, allows us to enter the mind of a major Darwinian as we watch him struggle to reconcile faith and science on a positive basis.
J. David Pleins is Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University, USA. He is the author of The Evolving God (2013), When the Great Abyss Opened: Classic and Contemporary Readings of Noah's Flood (2003), and served as an associate editor for Doubleday's The Anchor Bible Dictionary (six volumes, 1992).
Permissions Preface: Hidden for a Century Acknowledgments List of Illustrations 1 A Candid Examination of Theism: The Evolution of a Skeptic 2 The Tolling of the Funeral Bell: The Death of Charles Darwin 3 To Sleep Beneath Thy Sacred Floor: Darwin's Funeral and a Revelation of Light 4 A Deathless Name: The Paradox of Fame 5 Treasures of the Heart: Memories of Down House 6 The Elemental War: Devilry and Harmony 7 Intuition of the Infinite: The Evolution of a Seeker Chart: Typescript and Poems 1879-1889: Comparison of Poem Numbers Appendix: Charles Darwin: A Memorial Poem Notes Bibliography Index