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Two summaries:
Despite how controversial evolution had been, Darwin's Origin of Species (1859) got a fairly favorable initial reaction

first edition of Origin of Species

How does Darwin make the argument in the book?

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Asa Gray, a key American botanist, proposed a theory of theistic evolution

divergence of species diagram from On the Origin of
Darwin assumed evolution would follow a branching patterns

Darwin's theory was seen as a threat to religion in a way that Lyell's had not been

Natural Theology was still popular among scientists and could initially be reconciled with Darwin's evolution

gravestone of Edward Hitchcock+

Darwin avoided the topic of human evolution in Origin of Species
Ways of reconciling evolution and Christianity: