Ruse shows that contrary to what many think, including the opinions of the leading historians of the era, the Darwinian
revolution was not only scientific, but also religious or metaphysical.
All of this contributes to a modern renewal of the ancient quest for a philosophical science of nature through a Darwinian
For example, the extent to which Teilhard "accepts" the Darwinian
understanding of evolution (p.
He begins by stating that evolution "could not help but undermine many of the core beliefs of a predominantly Anglican society," and that "it was not uncommon for someone who accepted Darwinian
evolution to experience a profound crisis of faith" (pp.
FPP's attack on Darwinian
theory unfolds in two parts.
Reductionism: Or, How to Stop Worrying and Love Molecular Biology.
He expresses impatience with traditionalist critics who "do not typically seek causal explanations in evolutionary theory," whereas Darwinians
, he writes, "can identify the biological forces that are invoked or repressed in any given work and can assess how those forces impinge on meaning." "Invoked or repressed"?
The tales of how Christian communities have assimilated, resisted, or ignored Darwinian
evolution have been told so often and by so many different parties that one might be excused for doubting that there is much left to say about the matter.
thought particulate genetics (Mendel) incompatible with Darwin's thesis of gradual change, and later Darwinians
thought gradual change incompatible with punctuated equilibrium (Eldredge and Gould).
finally subverted the traditional morality supporting the family in the last half of the twentieth century." Can Darwinians
even begin to explain why that "atomistic individualism" emerged, much less say anything certain about its limits?
In what is becoming the standard Intelligent Design rhetorical tactic, Olasky and Perry reverse all the polarities that superficially governed the Scopes debate: The rigid orthodoxy is now the Darwinian
establishment, the object of blind faith is now the unproven theory of evolution, and the enemies of open skeptical inquiry are the politically correct enforcers of materialist dogma in the nation's public schools.
Although a frequent critic of President Bush, I think he as correct to say that intelligent design theory deserves a mention in science classrooms alongside Darwinian