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First Things has Great Things to Say on Evolution

We are not alone in observing the sand wash out from under the Darwinists’ feet. The estimable editors of First Things have given readers a fine Christmas present in their December number.

Within is an essay by CSC senior fellow Michael Behe on “Scientific Orthodoxies”, and another by senior fellow Wesley J. Smith–in a book review–meditating on John Brown. And there’s a wonderful piece by Richard John Neuhaus mediating on a whole parade of related issues that we care about (such as Leon Kass’ principled leadership on the President’s Council on Bioethics), and, yes, evolution.

Fr. Neuhaus has fun with the NY Times’ religious language for materialism (e.g., the Times editors say they want to “enshrine” evolution theory) and he enjoys a shakedown ride on that antiquated troika of 19th century intellectuals, Marx, Freud and Darwin.

Writes Neuhaus

:”The likelihood that Darwin’s eventual debacle will be sensational and brutal is increased by the arrogance of his acolytes…denying a hearing to anyone who disagrees with them.” Continuing, he says, “I detect a groundswell of discontent at this intellectual totalitarianism, so unscientific by its very nature….Such a position is not tenable, and the evidence that is crumbling is growing.”

You can read it all online in about two and a half weeks. Or you could do yourself and First Things a favor, and buy a copy now.

Bruce Chapman

Cofounder and Chairman of the Board of Discovery Institute
Bruce Chapman has had a long career in American politics and public policy at the city, state, national, and international levels. Elected to the Seattle City Council and as Washington State's Secretary of State, he also served in several leadership posts in the Reagan administration, including ambassador. In 1991, he founded the public policy think tank Discovery Institute, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board and director of the Chapman Center on Citizen Leadership.