David Kummer

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Historical Theology

First Advisor

Robert Rosin

Scripture References in this Resource

1 Corinthians 1:18; Hebrews 13:8; Romans 1:20; Revelation 1:5; Revelation 21:1; Genesis 3:1-19; John 12:24; 1 Corinthians 13:12; Romans 8:22


In the process of seeking to understand Charles Darwin and his ideas that have come to dominate much of the modern/postmodern, western worldview, it is essential to elucidate the historical context in which both are developed is essential to elucidate. This approach asserts a reciprocity between Darwin the man (son, explorer, naturalist, husband, father, controversialist)and his ideas that not only derive from his life experiences but also contribute to them. An obvious place to start in this regard is the relationship he has with his mother. Although seemingly Freudian in tone, the purpose for this analysis does not include a psychoanalytical critique of their relationship. Rather, to show that Susannah Darwin's religious beliefs imprint Darwin’s thoughts about God and religion for the rest of his life is the goal. Indeed, the turmoil that involves both God and religion during the latter part of his life exposes the nebulous faith foundation for which his mother is most influential when he is a young lad. A more intimate portrait of the relationship between Susannah and Charles Darwin, especially in its religious dimensions, proves most helpful in placing his worldview in historical context.

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