Might as well start using “God” and “nature” as conflatable terms, if you ask me.
1. â€œThe mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an Agnostic.â€ (Autobiography)
2. â€œIt seems to me absurd to doubt that a man may be an ardent Theist & an evolutionist.â€ (Letter to John Fordyce, May 7 1879)
3. â€œI hardly see how religion & science can be kept as distinct as [Edward Pusey] desiresâ€¦ But I most wholly agreeâ€¦ that there is no reason why the disciples of either school should attack each other with bitterness.â€ (Letter to J. Brodie Innes, November 27 1878)
7. [In conversation with the atheist Edward Aveling, 1881] â€œWhy should you be so aggressive? Is anything gained by trying to force these new ideas upon the mass of mankind?â€ (Edward Aveling, The religious views of Charles Darwin, 1883)
8. â€œWould any one trust in the convictions of a monkey’s mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?â€ (Letter to Graham William, July 3 1881)
If God and Nature are the same, Science is how we study them.
Religion should be a supreme science, not a defense against science.
However, our science is corrupt — it is manipulated by politics, and makes arrogant proclamations about things it does not fully understand, like genetics.