Charles Darwin’s Religious Beliefs

Now this is a fun topic. I really do love studying Charles Darwin, and the history of his religious beliefs certainly has caused a stir in recent years – especially with the recent backlash against his ideas from historians like Weikart hoping to find some link between Darwinism and the Holocaust.  The essay here discusses…

Update, and a little fun!

Here’s a little game to keep things moving whilst I’m in the process of writing the next essay: Can anyone guess what historically important movie this is from? Post in the comments! (and if you happen to have watched it when it first aired, I would be delighted to hear about the experience)

Coming Soon…

A rough preface for an upcoming paper:  There appears, in contemporary England, to be two significant and intertwining developments: on the one hand, one sees the rapid growth of ‘new Atheism’, those fervent sceptics led by the ‘Four Horsemen’ that are Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and the late Hitchens. On the other, there appears to be…

America’s War with Spain

That rather small image there (still trying to work out why WordPress is making my images quite so small) is the USS Maine – one of the US Navy’s proudest and most advanced armoured war ships – as it stood after the curious destruction on the evening of 15 February 1898. Two months later, on…

From Elizabeth to James

We all know about Elizabeth the Virgin Queen. Fewer historical characters have been so highly praised in popular media. The same is true for the rest of the Tudors – it would be rather difficult to find a child today leaving primary school without the Tudor succession engraved in their minds. Masculine Henry VIII, weak…