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In the 1925 Scopes trial, the American Civil Liberties Union sued to allow the teaching of Darwin’s theory of evolution in public schools. Seventy-five years later, in Kitzmiller v. Dover, the ACLU sued to prevent the teaching of an alternative to Darwin’s theory known as “Intelligent Design” — and won. Why did the ACLU turn from defending the free-speech rights of Darwinists to silencing their opponents? In “The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Darwinism and Intelligent Design,” Jonathan Wells, Ph.D., reveals that, for today’s Darwinists, there may be no other choice: unable to fend off growing challenges from scientists, or to compete with rival theories better adapted to the latest evidence, Darwinism – like Marxism and Freudianism before it — is simply unfit to survive.
Dr. Wells, a biologist and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, begins by explaining the basic tenets of Darwinism, and the evidence both for and against it. He reveals, for instance, that the fossil record, which according to Darwin should be teeming with “transitional” fossils showing the development of one species to the next, so far hasn’t produced a single incontestable example. On the other hand, certain well-documented aspects of the fossil record – such as the “Cambrian Explosion,” in which innumerable new species suddenly appeared fully formed — directly contradict Darwin’s theory. Wells also shows how most of the other “evidence” for evolution — including textbook “icons” such as Peppered Moths, Darwin’s Finches, Haeckel’s Embryos, and the Tree of Life — has been exaggerated, distorted . . . and even faked.
Wells then turns to the theory of Intelligent Design (ID), the idea that some features of the natural world, such as the internal machinery of cells, are too “irreducibly complex” to have resulted from unguided natural processes alone. In clear-cut layman’s language, he reveals the growing evidence for ID coming out of scientific specialties from microbiology to astrophysics. And he explains why, since ID is not based on the Bible or religious doctrines, and doesn’t draw any conclusions about who (or what) is the cause of design in nature, it is not a form of Biblical creationism or natural theology.
But religion does play a role in the debate over Darwin — though not the way evolutionists claim. Wells (who holds doctorates in biology and theology) shows how Darwin reasoned that evolution is true because divine Creation “must” be false — a theological assumption oddly out of place in a scientific debate. In other words, Darwinists’ materialistic, atheistic assumptions rule out any theories but their own, and account for their willingness to explain away the evidence — or lack of it. (This hostility to religion may also explain the appeal of Darwinism, which from Darwin’s day down to our own been used to justify radical changes in moral norms in areas such as eugenics, abortion, and — in the case of Nazi Germany — even racial extermination.) Finally, Wells details how Darwinists have succeeded in imposing a government-supported monopoly on the biological sciences in this country — and how opponents of Darwinism are being driven from their careers by Darwinist heresy-hunters.
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