Descendant: Darwin Delayed Publication for Religious Wife

LONDON (AP) - It's well known that Charles Darwin's theory of
evolution made many people furious because it contradicted the
Biblical view of creation.

But few know that it also created problems for Darwin at home with his deeply religious wife, Emma.

The 1859 publication of "On the Origin of Species" changed scientific thought and generated opposition that continues to this day, which is what makes Darwin's 200th birthday on Feb. 12 such a major event.

But Ruth Padel, Darwin's great-great-granddaughter, says he held back the book to avoid offending his wife. According to Padel, Emma Darwin said her husband "seemed to be putting God further and further off."

But Padel says "they talked it through, and she said, 'Don't change any of your ideas for fear of hurting me."'

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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