Story: Atheism and secularism

Samuel Butler on Darwin

This imaginary dialogue, which appeared in the Christchurch Press on 20 December 1862, reveals the views of author Samuel Butler on Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, published in 1859. Darwin's book did not cause much of a stir in New Zealand, with many people seeing science as something that could co-exist with religion.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: The Press, 20 December 1862, p. 2 (N-P 1393-2)

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Carl Walrond, 'Atheism and secularism - A Christian legacy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 January 2018)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 5 May 2011, updated 10 Feb 2017