Latest Blog Posts on the Evolution Debate
If the intelligent-design side in the evolution debate doesn't receive the support you might expect from people who should be allies, that may be because they haven't grasped why the whole thing matters so urgently. I got an email recently from a journalist whom I'd queried on the subject. "All told, I'm on the ID side of the debate," he wrote, "but it isn't a pressing interest for me." Anyone ...
I am currently reading a book by David N. Livingstone , Adam's Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins . David Livingstone is Professor of Geography and Intellectual History at Queen's University, Belfast and this book reflects both of his interests. It is a readable, but thorough and academic, book looking at the history of the idea of pre-adamic or non-adamic hum ...
Writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Michael Ruse, the historian and philosopher of science, considers recent skepticism about Charles Darwin voiced not by creationists, but by eminent philosophers. Excerpt: Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini were an isolated case, one could dismiss their book with a grimace (if you were a biologist), or welcome them with a cheer (if you were a creationist ...
Off and on for twenty years I've thought deeply about God and his chances of survival (for "his" you can substitute " her" or " it's" since an all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present deity doesn't have a fixed gender). But this Sunday, God's survival became the subject of a debate before an audience at Cal Tech. If you're interested, the debate will later be televised on ABC's Nightline. My debati ...
In a previous comment Rombald called our attention to the fact that science itself was powerfully influenced by a Christian world view when it originated. The desacralization of the world promoted by Protestantism in particular made it easy to approach it in a detached 'objective' fashion. Western science is largely Protestant Christian in its origins. He is right ...
Of all the regrettable cultural forces that Darwinism helped unleash, perhaps the most surprising and seemingly unlikely is its role in sparking the creation of modern occultism. Charles Darwin himself could not have been less interested in the topic. But no attempt to assess the scope of his legacy can properly leave out the muse-like role his theory played in the thinking of Madame H.P ...
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