Interested in a resolution of the dispute between scientific atheists and intelligent design? In the context of a thoughtful review of Stephen Meyer’s book Darwin’s Doubt, John Zmirak at The Stream has an enjoyably mischievous suggestion. In “At Last, Common Ground for Atheists and Intelligent Design Advocates,” he proposes a plan for peace: Let both sides admit the evidence of design, the evidence that life did not spring up by unguided, purposeless processes alone. But grant the possibility — or even for the sake of argument, stipulate the certainty — that the evidence is of natural alien origin. This, he says, would defuse the personal reasons many people have for preferring to see life as un-designed. There are many such Read More ›
One takeaway is that, despite assurances to the contrary, modern evolutionary theory is not easily separated from malign currents in American history, currently exemplified by the Alt-right.
Out of consideration for readers who want to judge the disagreements for themselves, that seems like the way to go.
It’s not every day that Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) appears in an article linked by the Drudge Report.
He is waiting patiently for them to catch up.