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Brit commentator Melanie Phillips weighs in on David Gelernter dumping Darwin

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For many intellectuals, it must seem like an agonizing, nasty divorce but Phillips would be well placed to take it in stride:

Gelernter’s conclusions about Darwinism have derived principally from his analysis of the statistical probability of the evolution of new species. Yet anyone who queries Darwinism is immediately labeled “anti-science” and accused of being a religious nut.

Indeed, the pushback against Gelernter’s apostasy has included the observation that he is a religious Jew. Apparently, the only reason he could possibly have come to this “denialist” conclusion, says one pro-evolution website, is that he views science through “Old Testament goggles.”

In fact, a belief that’s unchallengeable has the characteristic of religious faith. That’s why Gelernter calls Darwinism a religion.

Melanie Phillips, “Darwinism, Judaism and the Clash Between Science and Religion” at

Old Testament goggles?

Let O’Leary for News (observant Catholic) say a word on behalf of the Old Testament: You can learn more about human nature from the Old Testament than you can from a hundred times as much writing from purported modern experts. Agree/disagree about the origin, that’s your privilege. It’s still true.

A recap to date re Gelernter:

Lay Catholics questioning Darwinism? It was interesting to see that, just recently, a California Catholic paper has started to smell the coffee at last and picked up on George Weigel’s article from First Things

At First Things, They Are Also Getting Over Darwinism

Another Think Tank Now Openly Questions Darwinism So Power Line is interviewing J. Scott Turner, author of Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something “Alive” and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It. He’s not an “ID guy” but that doesn’t matter. His book’s title tells you what you need to know. He understands that something is wrong. And his insights into insects’ hive mind are a piece in the puzzle.

Hoover Institution interview with David Berlinski

Mathematicians challenge Darwinian Evolution

The College Fix LISTENS TO David Gelernter on Darwin! It’s almost as though people are “getting it” that Darwinism now functions as an intolerant secular religion. Evolution rolls on oblivious but here and there heads are getting cracked, so to speak, over the differences between what really happens and what Darwinians insist must happen.

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5 Replies to “Brit commentator Melanie Phillips weighs in on David Gelernter dumping Darwin

  1. 1
    Seversky says:

    What we learn from the Old Testament, if not viewed through any sort of religious goggles, is that the nature of God as revealed there is, in the inimitable words of Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion

    The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser, a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.

  2. 2
    ronvanwegen says:

    Seversky – You forgot white-supremacist Nazi climate denier! No arguments – just sticks and stones.

  3. 3
    jawa says:

    Apparently Denyse’s OPs in this website have followers among people who write in other less popular websites but don’t agree with her articles or her writing style, which I personally like. Perhaps those strong critics would do better to adopting the UD News approach and thus help to increase their Alexa rankings? 🙂
    Here’s a compliment to UD News from an unexpected source:

    (I heard of Weigel’s article in Denyse O’Leary’s “News” post at Uncommon Descent. Whatever the quality of her science reporting, she is certainly quick to find articles like that.)

    The bandwagon accelerates: First Things jumps on
    By Joe Felsenstein
    August 22, 2019 11:00 MST
    PS. Note that I have decided to visit their website in order to help them improve their poor internet traffic numbers in the Alexa rankings. 🙂
    Let’s see in their ranking position improves after this post of mine here. 🙂

  4. 4
    kairosfocus says:

    Sev, that sort of projection says more about you than you may imagine. Please, reconsider. And yes, the OT happens to be perhaps the most commonly available classic text, with a lot of history, foundational law, reflections on the human predicament as well as breakthrough, positively civilisation-shaping theology and linked philosophy. That hard-bought wisdom has a lot to say to and about us still. KF

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    chris haynes says:

    Dr Richard Dawkins of “The God Delusion”?

    Is that the same Dr Richard Dawkins that wrote
    “With respect to those meanings of “human” that are relevant to the morality of abortion, any fetus is less human than an adult pig.”

    Us Creationists, we figure this
    Dr Richard Dawkins should have taken a course in introductory Biology.
    If he had, he would have known that pigs have pig DNA, while human beings, starting with an embryo, have human DNA.
    And if you got human DNA you’re a human, but if you only got pig DNA, you’re a pig, not a human.

    (For millenia, the most basic precept of morality has been that it is wrong to murder, which is the willful killing of an innocent human being)

    If Dr Dawkins had taken that course, he wouldn’t have made himself look like a goof, by writing what he did.

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