It’s remarkable how lots of smart people can condemn trends toward barbarism and irrationality in our culture without ever probing the origins of those trends — lying as they do, at least partly, in scientific materialism. For these men and women who ought to know better, the prestige of prevailing academic opinion is too much to permit asking tough questions.
It comes down to self-image. In a talk delivered in Coeur d’Alene, ID, at a recent conference on human origins, Discovery Institute’s John West described the impact of Darwinist thinking on the reigning idea of what a human being is. In an episode of ID the Future, Dr. West outlines two of four primary points of impact.
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Is rational thought reliable? Is morality fluid? Imagining our origins as the result of blind evolutionary churning rather than purposeful design can’t help but affect how we answer those questions.