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Reading Wesley Smith: Why the Darwin Debate Matters

posted by David Klinghoffer

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 […]

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Darwin at the Mountains of Madness: Evolution & the Occult

posted by David Klinghoffer

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 […]

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The Cowardice of Richard Dawkins

posted by David Klinghoffer

I realize my earlier post on Dawkins’s defense of evolution, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, was on the long side so let me crystalize my point briefly here since not one of the Dawkins-defenders in the comments thread […]

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Fraud, Disgrace & Swindle: A Few Thoughts on Richard Dawkins’s “Greatest Show”

posted by David Klinghoffer

A variety of consumer fraud depends on an advertiser using undefined or vaguely defined terms to mislead the buyer. A food item, for example, might be offered as “organic,” “light,” “natural,” or “Animal Care Certified,” according to a definition known […]

“Europe Is Dying,” Says Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Blaming Darwinism

posted by David Klinghoffer

Wow, I don’t know how I missed this headline from last month, in the UK’s Daily Record. British Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks really pulls no punches: Chief Rabbi blames population fall on ‘selfish’ Darwinians  EUROPE is “dying” because the continent’s […]

Why Are Darwinian Atheists Afraid to Read?

posted by David Klinghoffer

It’s somehow cheering to know that while the pompous know-nothingism of Darwinian atheists in the U.S. is matched by those in England, so too not only in our country but in theirs the screechy ignorance receives its appropriate reply from […]

When Jewish Atheists Attack

posted by David Klinghoffer

At his website Why Evolution Is True, Jewish atheist and U. of Chicago biologist Jerry Coyne has responded in two posts to my own entry on Chanukah, knee pain, and suboptimal design in creatures as a bogus argument for atheism. […]

Darwin and Mao

posted by David Klinghoffer

Reader Paul Burnett taunts me: Go ahead, David, say it: “Darwin taught Hitler (and Stalin and Mao and Pol Pot) how to kill millions of people.” That is of course a ridiculous parody of what I’ve written on Darwinism and […]

Letter from a Creationist

posted by David Klinghoffer

In response to an offhanded comment I made referring to “naive creationists,” I received an email from a self-defined creationist, objecting to my characterization. I don’t want to get into a debate about evolution here, but I will say I […]

God’s Image in Man’s Upright Posture

posted by David Klinghoffer

We’ve discussed before the question of what constitutes the “image of God” inscribed in the human body. The issue came up in the context of devotees of theistic evolution like Francis Collins or Kenneth Miller who say there’s no problem […]

Genesis and the Scandal of Jewish Indifference

posted by David Klinghoffer

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from an editor at a Jewish publication soliciting from me an article “related to creationism.” He asked that it be pegged to the coming Sabbath when Jews across the spectrum of […]

God’s Image in Man’s Face — and Hands and Feet, Too!

posted by David Klinghoffer

Jews who want to embrace Darwinism must at the very least tie themselves up into one very tight kosher pretzel if they don’t also want to jettison their allegiance to Judaism, or to intellectual and spiritual coherence, in the process. […]

“Chariots of the Gods” as a Challenge to Darwin? Or a Support to Richard Dawkins?

posted by David Klinghoffer

When I was a kid with a big imagination and a taste for mystery, a defining experience was seeing the classic speculative documentary Chariots of the Gods, based on Erich von Daniken’s spooky book of the same name claiming to […]

Fleeing the Ritual Contamination of “Creationism”

posted by David Klinghoffer

The imbroglio over editorial policy at Bloggingheads.tv would be of minor interest if it didn’t present such an evocative window on the psychology of the Darwin-believing community. Did you ever think about what actually drives these people? To recap: Robert […]

The Enigma of Adoption

posted by David Klinghoffer

If I may amplify my previous post on evolutionary psychology, we’re supposed to be believe that DNA, while directing only the production of proteins and other cell components, is ultimately in charge of everything else about us too — as […]

The Magical Thinking Behind Evolutionary Psychology

posted by David Klinghoffer

I like Robert Wright and enjoyed his recent book The Evolution of God. One thing I value about him is his candor. Thus in his New York Times op-ed yesterday proposing a “grand bargain” between religion and science (i.e., Darwinism), […]

Ibn Ezra Agrees: An “Apikoros” (Heretic) Is One Who Rejects Intelligent Design

posted by David Klinghoffer

For those who were wondering about my immediately previous entry: When the classical Torah commentator Abraham ibn Ezra spoke of a “heretic” who challenges the simple in faith about God’s existence, but who gets an adequate response only from the […]

Ibn Ezra on Intelligent Design and the First Commandment

posted by David Klinghoffer

For those who think that finding evidence of design in nature is a Christian preoccupation, not a Jewish one, the hits just keep coming. Abraham ibn Ezra (1089-1164) is one of a handful of the most important classical commentators on the […]

Darwinist Faithful Indirectly Affirm Darwin-Hitler Link

posted by David Klinghoffer

A surprising if indirect affirmation of the Darwin-Hitler connection has been offered by the Darwinist faithful over at Panda’s Thumb. Yes, you read that right. The argument made by scholars like Richard Weikart and Benjamin Wiker traces an intellectual genealogy […]

Charles Manson, Evolutionist

posted by David Klinghoffer

Today and tomorrow mark the 40th anniversary of the murders that made Charles Manson an icon of evil. In Helter Skelter, prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi writes about his interviews with talent scout Gregg Jakobson, who spent many hours, over the course […]

The Hollowness of Conservatism Under Darwinism’s Sway

posted by David Klinghoffer

Sometimes the hollowness of contemporary conservatism gets me down. An earlier figure in the conservative tradition, Whittaker Chambers, began his journey up from Communism one morning when he was feeding his little daughter and he noticed her ear. Suddenly he […]

Darwinists and Their Strategy of Intimidation

posted by David Klinghoffer

Some commenters on an earlier post have expressed doubt that believers in Darwinism seek to intimidate dissenters. Give me a break! Of course that’s exactly what Darwinists try to do whether in academic life or in the humbler context of […]

A Challenge to Intelligent Design-Bashing Regulars on this Blog

posted by David Klinghoffer

You know who you are. Rather than go on grousing about how there’s no evidence for intelligent design, it’s not science, and so on and so forth, here’s my challenge to you personally. Read Stephen C. Meyer‘s new book, Signature […]

Necromancy and Alzheimer’s Among Darwin Faithful

posted by David Klinghoffer

That’s my subject at Evolution News & Views, where I take on a response to the Thomas Jefferson/intelligent design connection from University of Chicago biologist Jerry A. Coyne. Read the rest there. Excerpt below: On his blog, Coyne lashes out at […]

Boston Globe, Den of Theocracy!

posted by David Klinghoffer

There must be a nest of theocrats over at the Boston Globe, ready to spring Christianist rule on us all. Someone call Andrew Sullivan! On today’s op-ed page they publish Stephen C. Meyer who argues that if you like the Declaration of Independence, […]

Ode on a Grecian Flypaper Strip

posted by David Klinghoffer

Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? This bears upon our earlier discussion of whether a horribly vile Lovecraftian creature would satisfy God as the ultimate product of an undirected process of evolution as imagined by Darwin. Impoverished island-dwelling […]

H.P. Lovecraft, Darwinism’s Visionary Storyteller

posted by David Klinghoffer

Picture a majestic T. rex receiving the tablets of the Ten Commandments in its undersized forelimbs, or an elegant octopus crucified on an old rugged cross with four crossbars instead of one. Such images are what Kenneth Miller presumably has […]

Jewish Mysticism Meets Intelligent Design: Whose Signature in the Cell?

posted by David Klinghoffer

My op-ed in the Jerusalem Post today discusses the eerie anticipation of ideas about the genetic code by Jewish mysticism, or kabbala. I cite the Tanya (1796) but the tradition on this — creation through the combination of letters — […]

How Evolution’s Co-Discoverer Came to Doubt Darwin in Favor of Intelligent Design

posted by David Klinghoffer

That’s right, Alfred Russel Wallace. I’ve got a two-part interview with the author of a very interesting new book that tells the story over at Evolution News & Views. (UPDATE: An AP story that you can read at MSNBC recalls […]

Strip Clubs v. Darwinism

posted by David Klinghoffer

With a strange regularity, it happens that readers who haven’t read the subtitle of this blog will object in the comments box that I don’t seem to offer new scientific evidence for intelligent design or against Darwinism. They assume that’s […]

If the Children of Israel Were Giant Squid

posted by David Klinghoffer

Purportedly religion-friendly Darwinists like genome scientist Francis Collins and biologist Kenneth Miller get a lot of mileage out of reassuring the faith community that Darwinism poses no threat to traditional religion. As I noted the other day, neither thinks it […]

Are Humans In God’s Image? Even Darwinists like Francis Collins Say, Effectively, No

posted by David Klinghoffer

When you look at your face in the mirror, is what you see the stamp of God’s own image — not His face, because He doesn’t have a face or a body or any physical aspect, but His spiritual image? […]

When Cultures Collide in “The Pit of Hell”

posted by David Klinghoffer

I did a radio interview today with a fellow down in Texas who had a real preacher’s style. Entertaining guy but at one point he asked, letting his voice rise and rise like he was at the pulpit, “David, would […]

Messianic Judaism & Theistic Evolution

posted by David Klinghoffer

It is, of course, the comparison that only this blog would dare to make. But isn’t it obvious? Messianic Jews, of whom we spoke in the previous entry, think you can coherently believe in Jesus and Judaism. Theistic evolutionists think […]

Darwin’s (Failed) Predictions

posted by David Klinghoffer

Over at Evolution News & Views, I have a two-parter up on Darwinism’s failed predictions, an interview with molecular biophysicist Cornelius Hunter, that I recommend to you. Excerpt: The testability of scientific ideas by making predictions about reality is a favorite […]

Jeremiah on Theistic Evolution

posted by David Klinghoffer

I can’t leave the discussion about the religious reconcilers of God and Darwin without quoting Jeremiah on false prophets (6:13-16), who plied their trade by going up and down among the people telling them exactly what they wanted to hear: […]

Are Religious Liberals Useful Idiots or Just Idiots? Darwinists Debate

posted by David Klinghoffer

An enjoyable internal squabble has been going on in the overlapping New Atheist and Darwinian communities. The intensity level just went up a notch. One faction thinks religious liberals are useful to the cause, scientifically and politically, and should be […]

When and Why Anti-Darwinism First Arose

posted by David Klinghoffer

I’m a big fan of Rod Dreher. His Crunchy Con blog rarely fails to enlighten me, so I’ve been looking forward to his reflections on faith and science, generated by his current visit to Cambridge University as a Cambridge-Templeton fellow. […]

A Fog Over the Intelligent Design Debate

posted by David Klinghoffer

A pair of dueling websites, one that just went live, are engaged in an important argument over whether religious believers should continue to be fed the “opium of the people.” That’s the famous phrase Marx Karl used to deride all […]

A Jaundiced Eye on Ida

posted by David Klinghoffer

You’ll forgive me if I cast a somewhat jaundiced eye on Ida, evolution’s latest supposed missing link. Yet when the old girl is found gracing even the front page of Google, you know it’s a phenomenon that at least deserves […]

Where Theistic Evolution Leads

posted by David Klinghoffer

Some readers thought I was unfair in a previous entry explaining the difference between my perspective on evolution and that of my fellow Beliefnet blogger Dr. Francis Collins over at Science and the Sacred. Am I really not being fair? […]

Fond Dreams of BioLogos

posted by David Klinghoffer

Astute readers will have noticed that Beliefnet runs two blogs that deal with evolution on a more or less frequent basis but in very different ways: this blog and Science and the Sacred, where former Human Genome Project head Francis Collins […]

A “Secular Inquisition” on Behalf of Darwinism

posted by David Klinghoffer

Melanie Phillips has another terrific post about the “Secular Inquisition” being waged on behalf of Darwinism. When will they start stoning Intelligent Design advocates? She begins this way: The response to my post below on Intelligent Design has provided illuminating […]

Intelligent Design or the Dreaded “Creationism”?

posted by David Klinghoffer

On the Darwin debate, minds are opening in England in some very prominent places. First, A.N. Wilson affirmed the Darwin-Hitler connection. Now at the London Spectator, Melanie Phillips, author of Londonistan, rebukes Darwinists for deceiving the public by persistently conflating intelligent […]

What You Don’t Hear from the Media about Evolution

posted by David Klinghoffer

How fascinating — the underreported revelation of modern evolutionary, genetic, and DNA science — that physical, material causes are not enough to explain the history of life’s evolution and development — was understood by the rabbis more than a millennium […]

A.N. Wilson on the Darwin-Hitler Connection

posted by David Klinghoffer

A.N. Wilson goes into more fascinating detail about his return to religious faith from atheism in an essay in the New Statesman. Now isn’t this interesting: the literary critic, biographer and historian credits his gradual re-conversion in no small part […]

Darwin’s Three Monkeys: Science Has Spoken!

posted by David Klinghoffer

My post from Monday “Slouching Toward Columbine: Darwin’s Tree of Death” continues to get comments, many poignantly indignant expressions of faith in “science”: What matters is the evidence for evolution and that evidence is massive and extremely powerful. The facts […]

Darwin’s Tree of Death: My Reply to Readers

posted by David Klinghoffer

Responding to my post on the Columbine shooting and the social consequences of Darwinism, some objecting readers argued that the Bible, after all, has also inspired evil acts. Which is true, of course, but misses the point. Biblical faith has […]

Slouching Toward Columbine: Darwin’s Tree of Death

posted by David Klinghoffer

  I’ve long been fascinated by the image of the Tree of Death, parallel to the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden and cryptically referred to in mystical texts explaining the Hebrew Bible: And out of the ground […]

A.N. Wilson, Darwin Doubter

posted by David Klinghoffer

My Beliefnet colleague and friend Rod Dreher notes the return to Christianity of A.N. Wilson, a writer I’ve long admired greatly. He’s a novelist, biographer, and literary editor. Rod is glad and I am too but I’m more interested in […]

Judaism in the Year of Darwin

posted by David Klinghoffer

Thanks and congratulations to the editors of Mishpacha, a popular Orthodox Jewish magazine, for marking this year of Darwin anniversaries with a frank look at Darwinism’s cultural consequences. The author is also the author of this blog. I note the […]

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Darwin at the Mountains of Madness: Evolution & the Occult
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