3. Creation invites reflection about what is owed to the truth. Emma asks: “Charles, do you not care that you may never pass through the gates of heaven, and that you and I may be separated for all eternity?” She believes he is “at war with God,” but for what reason would he be separated from her for all eternity? As he puts it: “I owe it to my children to have the courage of my convictions.” Does that really warrant damnation?
To conclude, Creation presents Darwin in a way I have often pictured him, as a cautious naturalist, and as sort of point of moderation between the extremes of those who believe he is at war with God (and therefore worry for his well-being) and those who praise him for having killed God.