Christian commentator Dinesh D’Souza has recently been arguing that the real problem with Darwinism in the classroom is that it is used to promote atheism. Today,
I noticed he had an interesting item in TotheSource, which is not yet archived, talking about Darwin’s own agnosticism-bordering-on-atheism. I have elsewhere pointed out that Darwinism has always been sold primarily as the creation story of atheism.
And with good reason. If we survey the patterns in the actual history of life from the Ediacaran period to the present, given what we know today, it is most unlikely that we would credit Darwin’s theory of natural selection acting on random mutations with explaining how most of it happened.
That is why I was somewhat impatient with D’Souza’s contention that we need only prevent people from using Darwinism as a tool of atheism and everything will be fine. (See “Earth to planet D’Souza.”*)
The reality is that right now, scientists seem to be trying to dump Darwin’s theory as a theory of everything in biology, yet the secular chants of praise for Darwin have increased in volume in the popular media – competing with a flood tide of nonsense from evolutionary psychologists, flogging to journals material that, if only it were well written and a little more plausible, might have morphed into saleable “Clan of the Cave Bear” fiction. For that sort of thing, Darwin’s theory is far more essential than it is for biology.
Just up at Design of Life blog
Fossil fish find reveals that live birth is ancient, not modern. Live-bearing fish is from 380 million years ago.
Platypus genome a patchwork of mammal, reptile, and bird, like the platypus itself
Mantis shrimp can see colours unknown to humans, researchers find
Cambrian food webs similar to webs observed today
Can science be unbiased?
(Many biologists and science historians have been attacked as “anti-science” for challenging scientists’ basic assumptions about themselves and their work, whatever the reason for the challenge. The ID controversy, however heated, is not the only controversy or even the first where one side was labelled “anti-science.” )
Just up at the Overwhelming Evidence blog
The way it ain’t: Photoshopping hits the science journals
Intelligent design rockumentary – warning: NOT approved by anyone – and other free stuff
Think TV: Reverend and lawyer duke it out over evolution in the schools
Flying Spaghetti Monster’s creator authors a “gospel”: Make his without meat
Louisiana academic freedom bill – some chuckles and interesting links
*Of course, the fact that D’Souza said nice things about my co-authored book The Spiritual Brain mollified me somewhat, as you can imagine.