Actually, under rigorous testing his theory falls apart - which is why it was replaced with the Synthetic Theory - which is also falling apart because of the vestiges of Darwinism that it clings to.
(Original post by kly45)
It doesn't really matter though. His theory is testable, proved under observation etc it doesn't matter why he stopped believing in God.
Newton believed in Alchemy, but we don't follow his beliefs in Alchemy.
The reason most people are atheists is because there is no positive proof of God, and hence best to reserve judgement. Saying that Darwin and other atheists have their beliefs because they have a biased view on the world because of the pain they've suffered is an ad hominem circumstantial fallacy.
I'm glad the claim is now no longer being asserted that Darwin became an atheist because sober scientific evidecnce compelled him to it. It was nothing of the sort.
Newton's belief in Alchemy has actualy been vindicated by nuclear physics. He just lacked the tools in his day to demonstrate that he was right.
Atheists cannot say they are compelled by any evidence to deny the existence of God - for there is NO SUCH EVIDENCE! At best, lack of evidence can bring one to agnosticism - NOT denial of the Existence of God. Those who nevertheless persist in such a denial do it despite a complete lack of supporting evidence! That is a matter for them - for which they will also have to bear full personal responsibility!
Last edited by Zaki; 05-11-2011 at 18:54.