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Only Religionists Doubt Darwin? The Case of C.S. Lewis

David Klinghoffer

C.S. Lewis

An influential myth foisted on the public by evolutionists is that only religious believers doubt Darwin. If this were true, it would cast suspicion on the skeptics who, so goes this line of insinuation, are motivated and led astray by their passion to believe in their religion. I addressed this fallacy the other day in noting the Darwin doubts of Scott Adams, who joins other non-believers in his skepticism about evolution. Here’s another example: C.S. Lewis.

But Lewis is best known as a proponent of Christianity! Obviously, yes, but in a very helpful ID the Future podcast, John West talks about Lewis’s period as an atheist, prior to his spiritual turn. It was at this time, not as a religious believer, that he read French Nobel laureate Henri Bergson’s book Creative Evolution. Bergson accepted evolution in the sense of shared ancestry across life, but critiqued it in the more important sense of asserting the creativity of a blind, purposefulness process, natural selection.

Lewis was persuaded by Bergson’s criticism, as he wrote to his father: Darwinism was a structure built “on sand.” And this was before he became a Christian. Excellent point by Dr. West, who is the editor of The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society. Download the podcast or listen to it here. For more, see the brief documentary video C.S. Lewis and Evolution below.

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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