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Traipsing Into Evolution

Intelligent Design and the Kitzmiller v. Dover Decision

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A clear solution to the debate over biological origins has evaded scientists and philosophers for millennia. Since the ancient Greeks, thousands of pages of debate from scholars on all sides have yielded two types of answers: those which invoke only material causes and those which explore the possibility that intelligence had a direct role in shaping life. Yet in 2005, one United States federal judge thought he could settle this longstanding question of science and philosophy once and for all.

Traipsing into Evolution is a critique of federal Judge John E. Jones’s decision in the Kitzmiller v. Dover case, the first trial concerning the constitutionality of teaching intelligent design in public schools. In this concise yet comprehensive response, Discovery Institute scholars and attorneys show how Judge Jones’s Kitzmiller decision was based upon faulty reasoning, non-existent evidence, and a serious misrepresentation of the scientific theory of intelligent design. Despite Judge Jones’s protestations to the contrary, his attempt to use the federal bench to declare evolution a sacred cow turns out to be a textbook case of good-old-American judicial activism.

Mark Twain is said to have once refuted his own obituary by proclaiming that “the report of my death was an exaggeration.” Traipsing Into Evolution rebuts similar reports about the “death of intelligent design” from media pundits and the Darwinist establishment in the wake of Kitzmiller v. Dover.

The book also includes a lengthy response to the ruling from Lehigh University biochemist and Senior Discovery Fellow Michael Behe, the lead expert witness for the defense at the trial, entitled “Whether ID is Science: Michael Behe’s Response to Kitzmiller v. Dover.”

Authors include David K. Dewolf, Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and Law Professor at Gonzaga University; John G. West, Associate Director of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture; Casey Luskin, Program Officer in Public Policy & Legal Affairs with the Center for Science and Culture; and Jonathan Witt, Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute.