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Gauger: Rebel Science Versus Theistic Evolution

As noted yesterday, the editors of the massive yet sprightly volume Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique got together on the campus of Biola University to introduce the book. Biologist Ann Gauger, self-described rebel scientist, took on the subject of human uniqueness.

She asks: Is it really plausible to say that humans and chimps share an evolutionarily recent common ancestor, some 6 million years ago?

The space that separates us from chimpanzees is vast on its face, including the facts that humans engage in science, philosophy, sports, humor, charity, and more — things of which apes are entirely innocent. But the differences can be quantified scientifically as well. Is the resource of time sufficient to permit the modifications entailed by the journey from hypothetical common ancestor to modern human beings? No, Dr. Gauger concludes, “There isn’t enough time.” Not by a long shot. Enjoy!

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.



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