Perhaps the most notorious realm of controversy over evolution in Darwin’s day was religion. The same can be said of the evolution controversy today; however the nature of the disputes and the manner in which they were conducted in the nineteenth century were different in important ways. Many of Darwin’s leading supporters were Christian, and found various ways of reconciling their religious beliefs with evolutionary theory. Darwin’s own writing, both in print and letters, facilitated this reconciliation to some degree, although he tended to avoid the subject as much as possible. A number of correspondents tried to draw Darwin out on his own religious views, and the implications of his theory for religion in general. Darwin’s name was also appropriated by secularists, materialists, and aggressive critics of institutional Christianity, so that the relationship between Darwinism and religion was extremely variable in different national and political contexts.