The scientific community can be dominated by a dogmatism that subverts rational thought and an honest evaluation of the evidence. Intriguingly, this truth seems to have been recognized by none other than John Scopes later in life.
Most theistic evolutionists use this dichotomy to try to insulate religion from scientific and historical critiques. Of course, it also removes religion from the realm of reality.
Clergy people and other religious folks straining to put their faith’s seal of approval on Darwin, BioLogos-style, may seem like a very contemporary sign of our own times. Actually there’s nothing new about it at all.
“The highest type of all, the Caucasians, [are] represented by the civilized white inhabitants of Europe and America.”
What would surprise Wallace the most were he to be transported to this world 98 years later? At least seven things come to mind.