From National Catholic Register:
The Half-Truths of Materialist Evolution
COMMENTARY: Scientific study of the brain’s evolution exposes the non sequitur of mind-less evolution.
“The thing from which the world suffers just now more than any other evil,” wrote author and Catholic convert G.K. Chesterton, “is not the assertion of falsehood, but the endless and irrepressible repetition of half-truths.”
Jean-Paul Sartre emphasized freedom, but denied morality. Sigmund Freud stressed instinct, but suppressed the spiritual. Friedrich Nietzsche glorified the individual, but disdained the community. Karl Marx celebrated the community, but rejected the individual. Charles Darwin was enamored of empirical science, but excluded metaphysics.
It is an all-too common theme. Chesterton, himself, I am happy to note, was not speaking in half-truths. More.
The notion of intelligent design is the logical complement of scientific research. It offers a truth that has the salutary merit of not being a half-truth.
Incidentally, Chesterton wrote an anti-Darwinism book as well.
Update: A friend advises that the Register is actually a fairly conservative Catholic newspaper, by comparison with the liberal National Catholic Reporter, but that said, conservative Catholic papers have hardly been very sympathetic to ID either. This is an unusually robust defense for any Catholic venue.
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