John G. West

Senior Fellow, Managing Director, and Vice President of Discovery Institute

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An Educator Wants to Know: Should Public Schools Teach Intelligent Design?

On this episode of ID: The Future, an educator asks whether teachers in public schools should teach intelligent design. Listen to the replies from Discovery Institute Senior Fellows John West, author of Darwin Day in America, and Jonathan Wells, author of Zombie Science, along with playwright Matt Chait. This conversation was taped live in Hollywood during a discussion after the final performance of Disinherit the Wind, a play that tells the story of a neurobiologist who sues his university for the right to challenge neo-Darwinian evolution.

Breaking Stereotypes by Disinheriting the Wind

On this episode of ID: The Future, Biologist Jonathan Wells, author of Zombie Science, and political scientist John West, author of Darwin Day in America, recently visited Hollywood for the final performance of the play Disinherit the Wind. The play tells the story of a neurobiologist who sues his university for the right to challenge neo-Darwinian evolution. Listen in on a post-play discussion in front of the audience featuring Wells, West, and playwright/actor Matt Chait as they discuss science, academic freedom, and the evidence of purpose in nature.

Revolutionary: John West on The Universe Next Door

On this episode of ID the Future, Tom Woodward interviews CSC Senior Fellow John G. West on the radio show, The Universe Next Door. They discuss Michael Behe’s two decades of influence through Darwin’s Black Box, published in 1996, and the recent film detailing his story.

Walt Disney and Live Action

The Disney Studio's Live-Action Features of the 1950's and 60's
In this definitive guide to Walt Disney's live-action output, Dr. John West explores an often overlooked but important chapter in Disney cinematic history: the live-action films and television shows released by the Disney studio during Walt's lifetime.

Author Bruce Buff on The Soul of the Matter

On this episode of ID the Future, John West interviews Bruce Buff about his new novel, The Soul of the Matter, which has intelligent design as its main theme. Here, Buff discusses the plot of the book, his interest in writing, and weaving intelligent design into a thriller.

John West: United Methodist Church Bans ID from General Conference

In this episode of ID the Future, John West, Associate Director of the Center for Science and Culture, discusses a recent effort by the United Methodist church to ban Discovery Institute from sponsoring an information table at its upcoming General Conference. Listen in to learn about the situation and find out what you can do to help overturn the ban.

The Universe Next Door: Scientism in the Age of Obama, pt. 4

On this episode of ID the Future, John West continues to discuss his newly updated book Darwin Day in America with Tom Woodward on The Universe Next Door. Dr. West looks at how the Darwinian worldview impacts students in grade school through college, as well as the persecution and censorship that teachers encounter.

The Universe Next Door: Scientism in the Age of Obama, pt. 3

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. John West, author of the newly updated book Darwin Day in America, continues his conversation with Tom Woodward about the threat of “totalitarian” science. Listen inn as Dr. West gives current examples of the impact of Darwinism on society and culture.

The Universe Next Door: Scientism in the Age of Obama, pt. 2

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. John West, author of the newly updated book Darwin Day in America, continues his conversation with Tom Woodward about the threat of “totalitarian” science. They discuss the involvement of Obama in the Cosmos TV series, and how science has been used to trump ethical beliefs. Read an excerpt from the new chapter published in World Magazine Watch the trailer for the book

The Universe Next Door: Scientism in the Age of Obama

On this episode of ID the Future, John West is on The Universe Next Door with Tom Woodward discussing the re-release of his book Darwin Day in America, which describes the growing misuse of science to curtail basic freedoms, erode time-honored ethics, and circumvent democratic accountability. Tune in as Dr. West explains why the book needed an update, giving a look into his new chapter “Scientism in the Age of Obama — and Beyond.”

On Human Origins: Why it Matters, pt. 3

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. John West continues his talk on the social implications of Darwinism. Tune in to learn about the growing movements in today’s culture to disparage the sanctity and value of human life.

Responses to Criticisms of Icons of Evolution

In 2000, Discovery Institute biologist Jonathan Wells published his book Icons of Evolution, which documented widespread inaccuracies and junk science in the treatment of evolution in many biology textbooks. This pathbreaking book resulted in significant corrections to many textbooks, although many of the “icons” described by Wells are still used in some textbooks. Here you can read about the continuing debate provoked by this now classic work.

Dissent of Man

A review of Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False, by Thomas Nagel and Darwin's Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution, by Rebecca Stott
If someone had predicted a year ago that Oxford University Press would publish a book with the subtitle Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False, I might have wondered what alternate universe he was inhabiting. But Oxford did publish it, and the aftershocks among the intellectual elite have yet to abate. The book’s author, philosopher Thomas Read More ›

The Magician’s Twin

C.S. Lewis and the Case against Scientism
More than a half century ago, famed writer C.S. Lewis warned about how science (a good thing) could be twisted in order to attack religion, undermine ethics, and limit human freedom. In this documentary "The Magician's Twin: C.S. Lewis and the Case Against Scientism," leading scholars explore Lewis's prophetic warnings about the abuse of science and how Lewis's concerns are increasingly relevant for us today.

The Magician’s Twin

Beloved for his Narnian tales for children and his books of Christian apologetics for adults, best-selling author C.S. Lewis also was a prophetic critic of the growing power of scientism in modern society, the misguided effort to apply science to areas outside its proper bounds. In this wide-ranging book of essays edited by John G. West, contemporary writers probe Lewis’s Read More ›

The Doctrine of Creation

Dr. John West argues that God’s creation of the world is not a secondary doctrine as theistic evolutionists would suggest. He argues from Irenaeus, the Nicene Creed, and the gospel of John that to deny the specific and intentional creation of the world by God is a blatant misreading of Christian tradition.

Samurai Bioethics

John G. West on a Noble Defense Doomed by Darwinian Materialism
Because they are trying to avoid the stigma of being associated with “fundamentalists”, a number of conservative intellectuals appear all too willing to postpone indefinitely the serious questions raised by Darwinism.

Public Life in the Shadowlands

What C.S. Lewis Can Teach Us about Politics
Even before the film Shadowlands, C. S. Lewis was probably the most widely recognized Christian thinker of the twentieth century. By the end of the 1980s, his books already had sold more than seventy million copies, an achievement that surely places Lewis among the best-selling authors of all time. Lewis is most appreciated today for his superlative imagination and his Read More ›

Broadening the Faith and Evolution Debate

Is evolution compatible with faith in God? It’s a question that is receiving lots of attention of late. On the one hand, “new atheists” like biologist Richard Dawkins insist that Darwinian evolution makes “it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.” On the other hand, “new theistic evolutionists” like Francis Collins assure people that Darwin and God get along just Read More ›

Does Darwinism Support Traditional Morality?

“Morality… is merely an adaptation put in place to further our reproductive ends… In an important sense, ethics as we understand it is an illusion fobbed off on us by our genes to get us to cooperate.”—Michael Ruse and E.O. Wilson, “The Evolution of Ethics.”1 The question of whether Darwinian evolution supports traditional morality is an old one. In a Read More ›