Charles Darwin had little training in any of the sciences, and was never more than an amateur researcher, so it is even more remarkable that his inherently flawed theories concerning origins ever found a following. The answer is in carnal man’s craven desire to find some alternative to God as He is revealed in the Scriptures.
One might be surprised to learn that Darwin did have a degree, though it was not in the sciences. He had a Bachelor’s Degree, from Christ College, Cambridge. His father’s hope was that he would pursue the Anglican ministry, but his love was botany. He was no more than an amateur naturalist who compiled notes and sketches made during a trip to the south seas, and around the tip of South America, in 1831. From these observations he would write his book, The Origin of Species.
A later work of his was the book Descent of Man, where it is asserted that man is just another evolutionary animal who can never escape his lowly origins. Adolph Hitler capitalized on these theories to develop his theme of breeding a super-race, as well as his views that Jews, Africans, and others were inferior beings to be suppressed or eliminated for the eventual betterment of mankind.
One of the tribes in Tierra Del Fuego Province in Argentina which was encountered by Darwin in his travels, he assessed as, “in the lowest state of improvement, savages probably the lowest form of the human race.” He expressed his view that it was absolutely useless for the Christians to send missionaries to such places. Yet, a missionary later did go. His name was Thomas Bridges. He mastered the tribe’s language, wrote them a dictionary, preached the gospel and taught them the Word of God.
Darwin later encountered some of these redeemed tribal people and was astonished at the change in them. Perhaps it was that particular later life encounter which was the impetus for his decision to begin to financially support missionaries; something he continued to do for the last 15 years of his life, through the South American Missionary Society.