Reality Check: The Debate Over Evolution
CSC Senior Fellow John West is featured in Human Events this week, offering a reality check and a history lesson on the debate over Darwinian evolution.
The debate over Darwinian evolution is typically framed by the news media as a clash between "right" and "left." Conservatives are presumed to be critical of Darwin's theory, while liberals are presumed to be supportive of it.
As in most cases, reality is more complicated.
There always have been liberal critics of Darwin. In the early 20th Century, progressive reformer William Jennings Bryan fought for women's suffrage, world peace--and against Darwinism. More recently, left-wing novelist Kurt Vonnegut, a self-described "secular humanist," has called our human bodies "miracles of design" and faulted scientists for "pretending they have the answer as how we got this way when natural selection couldn't possibly have produced such machines."
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