Intelligent Design and Its Critics

  • Teaching Evolution: Perhaps Unnecessary After All

    By on October 15, 1999

    It is now known all across the country and all over the world: The Board of Education in the State of Kansasdecided, on the basis of a vote of 6 to 4, that the children in that state ought not to be taught the theory of evolution, nor Genesis according to Big Bang. The board did not insist that students

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  • The Geese are Flying South: Problems with Darwinian Gradualism

    By on October 14, 1999

    Seen from our earthly abode, they appear as white harmonic formations, gliding across the enormity of the deep blue sky toward their winter homes.  Seeing them fly so freely in such a precise manner, one wonders: Are the geese going south because a little hormone in their bodies has triggered a series of actions which make them flap their wings

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  • Explaining Specified Complexity

    By on September 13, 1999

     In his recent book The Fifth Miracle, Paul Davies suggests that any laws capable of explaining the origin of life must be radically different from scientific laws known to date. The problem, as he sees it, with currently known scientific laws, like the laws of chemistry and physics, is that they are not up to explaining the key feature of

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  • Philosophy and Sex: Not a Happy Couple

    By on September 1, 1999

    A one-volume history of Western civilization would surely have to have a chapter devoted to sex, marriage, and related activities and customs, and no less surely would make the claim that over this whole, most important aspect of human flourishing lies the clammy fog of the Christian religion. Although Judaism, from which Christianity came, has always made sex and the

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  • Review of Ian McEwan’s “Enduring Love”

    By on August 1, 1999

    In the summer of 1850, the Englishman Alfred Tennyson galloped past the opposition and was appointed Poet Laureate.  He was not an obvious choice, but his triumph was made nigh inevitable by the smashing success of his new poem: In Memoriam.  Written as a tribute to a college friend, Arthur Hallam, who had died some twenty years before, Tennyson’s verses

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