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Morning Tea with Mr. Darwin: Faith, Religion, and Science

Saturday, March 24, 2018
10:00am – 11:00am

Storrs Campus
Biology/Physics Building, Room 130, UConn, Storrs

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn presents “Morning Tea with Mr. Darwin: Faith, Religion, and Science.” The lecture will be held on Saturday, March 24, 10 am at the Biology/Physics Building, Room 130, UConn.

Religious faith was frequently on Darwin’s mind. Both he and his wife Emma were raised in free-thinking Unitarian families. Charles studied for a life as a clergyman, but his allegiance to the 39 principles of the Anglican church was never strong. He had difficulty accepting the idea of eternal punishment for sins and his developing ideas about natural selection increasingly challenged his faith. To the end of his life he was tormented by the distance between his lack of faith and Emma’s fear that they would not be reunited after death. His discoveries about evolution caused a ferment in the established church at the time, but, not long after his death, Anglicans reconciled their beliefs with his theories. This presentation will discuss Darwin’s personal struggles with religious faith and the religious context in which his work developed. Join us for this exploration of Darwin’s world. Mr. Darwin will be portrayed by professor Kenneth Noll of UConn’s Department of Molecular and Cell Biology.

This program is free and advanced registration is not required. To contact the Museum, visit or call 860-486-4460.


Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (primary), History Department, Molecular and Cell Biology, Office of Public Engagement, UConn Master Calendar

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