John G. West

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


The Return of Casey Luskin

As I began writing this, I read one of the comments recently posted on our main YouTube channel: “I love Discovery Institute. You guys are changing the world!”

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.

On Human Origins: Why it Matters, pt. 2

On this episode of ID the Future, hear more from Dr. John West on why our views on human origins matter, excerpted from a recent talk he gave at a “Science and Human Origins” conference in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Dr. West draws from history and from current society to demonstrate how Darwinian theory erodes traditional beliefs about humans, and illustrates the consequences of a Darwinian perspective of human life.

On Human Origins: Why it Matters

On this episode of ID the Future, hear the next segment of a recent “Science and Human Origins” conference that took place in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on September 20. Listen in as Dr. John West discusses the social implications of Darwinism and the impact of Darwin’s theory on our culture’s understanding of human beings.

The Universe Next Door with Tom Woodward: Featuring John West on C. S. Lewis & Science

On this episode of ID the Future, hear a past episode of The Universe Next Door in which Tom Woodward talks to CSC Associate Director John West about the themes of his book The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society. If C. S. Lewis were around today, would he be a supporter of intelligent design or theistic evolution? Dr. West discusses what Lewis has to say about science, evolution, and the dangers of scientism.

The Michael Medved Show Weekly Science & Culture Update: Featuring John West on the Legacy of the Scopes “Monkey” Trial

On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. John West discusses the Scopes “Monkey” Trial and how its legacy lives on in our culture today, almost ninety years later. The famous — and often misunderstood — 1925 trial of John T. Scopes, who was prosecuted for teaching human evolution, is commonly brought up in current debates as a way to defame scientific arguments against Darwinism. But today, as we’ve seen in recent threats to academic freedom, it’s Darwin’s defenders who seek legal means to silence doubters in the classroom. Listen in!

Would Today’s Academia Censor Thomas Jefferson?

On this episode of ID the Future, hear a brief message from CSC Associate Director John West on academic freedom as he asks the question: If Thomas Jefferson was alive today, would he be allowed to speak at an American university?

The Hypocritcal Bias Against Faith in Science Rhetoric

On this episode of ID The Future, Dr. John West, Associate Director for Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, discusses the attempts by many Darwinists to relegate intelligent design to the humanities, equating it with creationism so as to avoid discussion of its scientific merits. West also talks about the mistaken notion that science and faith are incompatible: “Regardless of whether someone happens to be religious or not, they have the right to participate in the public life, and that includes in science and the arts.”

C.S. Lewis & Science: An Interview With Dr. John West, Part 4

On this episode of ID the Future, David Boze and Dr. John West conclude their conversation on The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society. They discuss Lewis’ views on the limitations of science and the need for moral restraints; what Lewis meant by “men without chests”; and what kind of call-to-action should come from reading C. S. Lewis.

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.

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 ›

Is Darwinian Evolution Compatible with Free Will and Personal Responsibility?

“Naturalistic evolution has clear consequences that Charles Darwin understood perfectly… [including the idea that] human free will is nonexistent… Free will is a disastrous and mean social myth.”—William Provine, Professor of History of Biology, Cornell University.1 In The Descent of Man, Darwin explained human behavior largely as the function of pre-determined—and often anti-social—instincts. For all of Darwin’s praise of man’s Read More ›

Was Darwin a Social Darwinist?

Like many supporters of Darwin’s theory, political theorist Larry Arnhart attempts to disassociate Charles Darwin and his scientific theory from the utopian crusades of “Social Darwinism” such as eugenics. In Darwinian Conservatism, Arnhart claims that Darwin is unfairly blamed for eugenics and that “much of what has been identified as social Darwinism… is a distortion of Darwinian science” (p. 112). Read More ›

Darwin’s Theory and Social Darwinism: There Is A Connection

Scientists and political activists during the past century have drawn on Darwinian theory to promote one utopian crusade after another, including forced sterilization, scientific racism, euthanasia, and an ever-expanding government justified in the name of the “evolving Constitution.” The typical response of Darwinists to this record of coercive “Social Darwinism” is to deny that it has any genuine connection to Read More ›

Is Darwinian Evolution Compatible with Religion?

Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist. Biologist Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker.1 Is Darwinian evolution compatible with faith in God? The nation’s preeminent pro-evolution lobbying group, the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), would have people believe that the answer is a resounding “Yes.” In recent years, the NCSE has spearheaded a PR campaign to convince Read More ›

What are the Religious Views of Leading Scientists Who Support Evolution?

Although the idea of “theistic evolution” receives plenty of attention from the newsmedia, it clearly represents a fringe position among leading biologists. According to a 1998 survey of members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), nearly 95% of NAS biologists identify themselves as either atheists or agnostics, a percentage of unbelief far higher than in any other scientific discipline. Read More ›

What is Theistic Evolution?

Theistic evolution is the effort to reconcile Darwin’s theory of undirected evolution with belief in God in general and Christian theology in particular. Analogous terms to theistic evolution include “evolutionary creation,” “fully gifted creation,” and “biologos.” Ambiguously Defined Theistic evolution encompasses a wide array of different approaches and views, which has generated considerable confusion about the actual meaning of the Read More ›

Philip Kitcher on Living with Darwin

Philosopher of science Philip Kitcher is the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. In his book Living with Darwin, Kitcher attacks strident atheists among evolutionists for “hectoring” their opponents and for presenting their arguments “without charity” and “without hope.” (p. 155) In particular, Kitcher indicts Darwinian atheist Richard Dawkins for offering a message that “thoughtful religious people will Read More ›