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01. There is some truth in what you say. Atheists created a "Mythological Darwin" and attributed their own logic and theories to justify in his name.
02. How honest was Darwin really, I cannot say, if he would have limited himself to what he actually knew, he would have called honest.
But the "predictions and assumptions" what he made were really far fetched and non Scientific. As a scientist you should not "prophesize or predict" and future fossil finds would prove what you propose.
It was a non scientific approach, which Zealots from Atheists took as a War Cry and accepted as "Truth and nothing but truth"
02. His own writings indicate he was was faithful to the scientific method. He made predictions about the success or failure of his hypothesis being dependent on later scientific discoveries so, yes. he was honest .
Don't confuse Darwin with Dawkins. Darwin was a scientist and a truthseeker. Dawkins is just another flim-flam man who makes a money scamming gullible people with unresolved daddy issues.