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ID Inquiry: What About Antibiotic Resistance?

David Klinghoffer

It’s a perennial challenge to ID proponents. As an Evolution News reader wrote in to ask: “How does intelligent design explain the fact that the development of resistance to antibiotics [in certain bacteria] appears to demonstrate conclusively that evolution is a fact?” How does ID explain the “fact” that evolution is a “fact”? Well, as I mentioned here the other day, ID is itself a theory of evolution, in competition with the alternative Darwinian theory. Or as biologist Ann Gauger told ID the Future host Rob Crowther in a classic episode, “It depends on what you mean by evolution.” Download the podcast or listen to it here.

“ID Inquiry” is an occasional feature at ID the Future. Want to pose a challenge or ask a question of your own to a Discovery Institute scientist? Write to us here.

Photo credit: Dr Graham Beards at en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

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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