Well, the things you learn when history is revisited H/T Lew Rockwell. It seems our socially active reformers and nanny staters are the one’s who seem to have fabricated history, past as well as present. It’s getting to the stage that if a lefty writes anything, that it can’t be taken at face value. After all, it’s their worship of authority that seems the clue to their literary diversions.
It is often said that the Victorians were all religious maniacs, Biblical literalists who were shocked to the core by Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species. In fact, many of Darwin’s keenest supporters were broad-minded clergymen, such as Charles Kingsley, author of the Water Babies.
Those who opposed Darwin most vociferously were the scientific establishment of his day, not the Church. (my bolding LH)
In his memoirs of Victorian childhood, G.K.Chesterton remarked that by the 1890s, “atheism was the religion of the suburbs”.