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The "Annie hypothesis": did the death of his daughter cause Darwin to "give up Christianity"?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22834067     Owner:  HMD     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article examines one of the most widely believed episodes in the life of Charles Darwin, that the death of his daughter Annie in 1851 caused the end of Darwin's belief in Christianity, and according to some versions, ended his attendance of church on Sundays. This hypothesis, it is argued, is commonly treated as a straightforward true account of Darwin's life, yet there is little or no supporting evidence. Furthermore, we argue, there is sufficient evidence that Darwin's loss of faith occurred before Annie's death.
John Van Wyhe; Mark J Pallen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Centaurus; international magazine of the history of science and medicine     Volume:  54     ISSN:  0008-8994     ISO Abbreviation:  Centaurus     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-26     Completed Date:  2012-10-02     Revised Date:  2013-04-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372565     Medline TA:  Centaurus     Country:  Denmark    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  105-23     Citation Subset:  Q    
National University of Singapore.
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MeSH Terms
Biological Evolution*
Genetic Fitness
Great Britain / ethnology
History, 19th Century
Parent-Child Relations* / ethnology,  legislation & jurisprudence
Religion* / history
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
Charles Darwin

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