The Story of Jesse Kilgore and the Consequences of Teaching One Side of Evolution

Anika Smith

There’s a special podcast at ID the Future today:

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This episode of ID the Future tells the story of Jesse Kilgore, a college student whose loss of faith and subsequent suicide has been linked to his biology class and Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion. After his professor challenged him to read the anti-theistic book and rule out the possibility of God’s existence in light of the evidence for evolution, Jesse experienced a crisis of faith. Now his father is arguing for academic freedom for intelligent design and critiques of Darwin’s theory. Listen in as he and others explain how Jesse was affected by reading this book.
The tragedy of Jesse Kilgore’s death affects all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who knew and loved him.

To paraphrase Clarence Darrow, why should this boy’s life be bound up with Richard Dawkins, that British crusader against religion? I don’t know.
I only know it is.