Foreword

Man is no new-begot child of the ape, bred of a struggle for existence upon brutish lines……

Were he to regard himself as an extremely ancient type, distinguished chiefly by the qualities of his mind, and to look upon the existing Primates as the failures of his line, as his misguided and brutish collaterals, rather than as his ancestors…. 

Frederick Wood Jones: The Origin of Man (1918), a pamphlet published by The Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge

The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.

But I own that I cannot see as plainly as others do, and as I should wish to do, evidence of design and beneficence on all sides of us. There seems to me too much misery in the world….. Let each man hope and believe what he can. 

Charles Darwin

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