George John Romanes (1848-1894) was a follower and personal friend of Charles Darwin, patient as well as author of many books promoting evolution. He was a gifted biologist and physiologist, as well as a zealous evolutionist. But he also went through a unique pilgrimage of faith in his own life. As a student of mathematics and natural science at Cambridge, he was an ardent evangelical Christian, intending to enter the ministry. It was after his graduation that he first began to read books by Darwin and other evolutionists, and he soon lost his Christian faith and became a devoted disciple of Darwin, even writing a book against theism. As time went on, however, especially after a series of personal misfortunes, he gradually returned to his earlier faith, at least as far as his belief in the Bible and the person and work of Christ were concerned. Whether his early death occurred before he returned also to a belief in special creation is not known. However, in his last book, Thoughts on Religion, Romanes strongly urged his former co-agnostic friends to become true empiricists and accept Christ.
Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.