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Traipsing into Evolution

Discovery Institute Press

About the Book

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.


DeWolf, David K.
David K. DeWolf is a Professor of Law at Gonzaga School of Law in Spokane, Washington. A graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School, Professor DeWolf has clerked for the Honorable Stephen Bistline of the Idaho Supreme Court. He has written a briefing book for public school administrators, Teaching the Controversy: Darwinism, Design and the Public School Curriculum.

Articles by David K. DeWolf

West, John G.
Dr. John West is a Senior Fellow at the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, where he is Associate Director of Discovery’s Center for Science & Culture and Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs. His most recent book is Darwin Day in America. His current research examines the impact of Darwinian science on public policy and culture during the past century. His other areas of expertise include constitutional law, American government and institutions, and religion and politics. more…

Articles by John G. West

Luskin, Casey 
Casey Luskin is an attorney with graduate degrees in both science and law. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego. His Law Degree is from the University of San Diego. In his role at Discovery Institute, Mr. Luskin works as Program Officer in Public Policy and Legal Affairs, helping educators and policymakers nationwide to teaching evolution accurately. He formerly conducted geological research at Scripps Institution for Oceanography (1997-2002). more…

Articles by Casey Luskin

Witt, Jonathan
Jonathan Witt, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture and co-author A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature (2006) and Traipsing into Evolution: Intelligent Design and the Kitzmiller vs. Dover Decision (2006). He has written on aesthetics for Literature and Theology and The Princeton Theological Review, and currently he is exploring how Darwinists employ widely discredited and even contradictory aesthetic presuppositions in their arguments against a creator. An article on this subject, “The Gods Must Be Tidy,” appeared in a July/August 2004 issue of Touchstone and was nominated by its editors as Best Theological or Scholarly Article for The Associated Church Press Awards. more…

Articles by Jonathan Witt


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