Monday, 17 June 2013

Charles Darwin’s Descendant Becomes a Christian after Reading The God Delusion

Charles Darwin. Image courtesy of Wikipedia. Recently, his great-great-great-granddaughter turned to Christianity.

Joel Kontinen

Reading Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion had a perhaps unexpected effect on Laura Keynes, who is a great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin. An agnostic at the time, she began to examine the claims of atheism more critically.

Studying at Oxford University for a doctorate in philosophy, she wanted to “to explore and analyse inconsistencies in the evidence.” This caused her to give up agnosticism and embrace Catholicism.

New Atheism seemed to harbour a germ of intolerance and contempt for people that could only undermine secular Humanist claims to liberalism,” she concluded.


West, Ed. 2013. Descendant of Charles Darwin becomes a Catholic apologist. Catholic Herald (13 June).