Darwin's daughter was not there and was not privy to the conversation that Darwin had with Lady Hope. Darwin could have had some christian beliefs that he would only talk about with people who were Christians. We know that he did not like persecution because of the story we hear when he tried talk to the sailors on the Beagle about the Bible and they laughed at him. There is a lot of speculation involved in this story. If people do not believe in death bed conversions then of course you do not believe he had one. I am not so sure that I believe in them either.
This is ridiculous at the least. I just finished reading "Darwin and the Barnacle" by Rebecca Scott, and the only speculation here is yours.
Lady Hope's "fabricated deathbed conversion" was first printed thirty two years after Darwin died. In fact, Darwin's family denies any such person ever visited Darwin, as there is no evidence she was even there. And we both know that given enough time, people can fabricate just about anything, see the book of "Mark" in the bible for an example of this.
__________________ "There is much we do not understand about the history of life, and the same will be true of our grandchildren. But, then, if we knew all there was to know, scientific interest would cease. Textbooks may portray science as a codification of facts, but it is really a disciplined way of asking about the unknown." - A.H. Knoll, Life on a Young Planet
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God is a God of absolute and perfect Justice. People will get their reward in life. Good for doing good, evil if they do evil. Some of the atheists believe in Karma and what comes around goes around more then Christians. Many of them profess that we need to be good and live a good life. No one wants to spend their life looking back to see if they are going to get caught for doing something they should not have done.
__________________ "When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land."
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu
"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread ... nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'"