Darwin on Creationism

Last week the news that Sir David Attenborough receives hate mail for failing to credit God in his documentaries was everywhere you looked. If you would like a recap, I previously discussed Attenborough’s rather graphic reason for disbelieving in a deity in Attenborough on Creationism back in November.

One thing has come to light since, however: Charles Darwin’s eerily similar reasons for not explicitly believing in a Creator, as mentioned in a letter to Asa Gray in 1860:

There seems to me too much misery in the world. I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent & omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidæ with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars, or that a cat should play with mice.