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Endeavour. 2006 Sep;30(3):103-7. Epub 2006 Sep 1.

Darwin's young admirers.

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Faculty of Arts, University of Amsterdam, Spuistraat 134, NL-1012 VB Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


In 1873, Darwin replied to the second letter from a young Dutch admirer, Nicolaas Doedes, in which he had eagerly asked about Darwin's religious views. Darwin stated that he could not believe that "this grand and wondrous universe" had only arisen by chance, but also showed his doubts about the existence of God. In 1881, Darwin repeated a similar agnostic view. After the death of Darwin in 1882, Doedes incurred the wrath of Francis Darwin by publishing the confession of his father in a Dutch freethinking journal, thus revealing the sensitivity of the information Darwin shared with Doedes.

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