Did you have doubts about the content of truth in the Holy Scriptures even while you were on the Beagle?
On board the Beagle I was completely orthodox, and I recall how several officers laughed at heartily when I quoted the Bible as an irrefutable source on some point of morality. But during the period from 1836 to 1839, I had slowly come to understand that the Old Testament, with its evidently wrong history of the world, its Tower of Babel, its rainbow as a sign, and tendency of ascribing to God the sentiments of a revengeful tyrant, were no more worthy of credence than the holy scriptures of the Hindus or the beliefs of a savage. Despite all my powers of deluding myself, it became more and more difficult to find proof enough to satisfy me.
And that is how faithlessness stalked me and took hold over me slowly, till I became totally disbelieving.
So you are an atheist?
I think it would be more and more appropriate to call me an agnostic, in general and as age advances.
Do you see your lack of faith as a loss, then?
Disbelief crept in on me so slowly that I did not feel any discomfort, and since then, never have a doubted for even a single second the correctness of my conclusions. And I cannot really understand, either, how anyone might want to believe that Christianity were true, because if it were, then, in the plain terms of the text, it is said that people who do not believe would be punished for eternity, and that would include my father, my brother and almost all my best friends. And that is a terrible doctrine!
Mr Darwin, my name is Lex Rex, I am the reporter for "The Invisible Hand," and I just want to ask you a few questions:
Lex Rex: Mr. Darwin, who in your opinion makes the finest timepieces in the world and if you can be specific which company?
DARWIN: "That is a very simple question, the finest watches or timepieces come from the little nation of Switzerland. For decades and decades the Swiss have manufactured via art and craftmenship the finest timepieces in the world. The finest watch I have ever seen was hand crafted by the Swiss Watch Company Girard Perregaux.
Lex Rex: Mr. Darwin, that is very interesting, in fact I am wearing a Girard Perregaux Timepiece, I want to show you a picture of the front and back of this masterful hand crafted watch. Mr Darwin, if you had never seen a watch like this before and you found this timepiece in the woods, what would be the first thought that comes to your mind?