John G. West

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

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Can a Conference Change a Life?

A young woman hired as part of the film crew for the event began crying. Later, she told us that listening to the conversation helped heal the brokenness caused by her college professors.

C.S. Lewis & Science: An Interview With Dr. John West, Part 3

On this episode of ID the Future, David Boze talks about the new book The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society with the editor of the book, Dr. John West. Boze and Dr. West discuss how some have tried to construe C.S. Lewis’ views in order to make them benefit their own, as well as Lewis’ views on Darwinism and intelligent design.

C.S. Lewis & Science: An Interview With Dr. John West, Part 2

On this episode of ID the Future, David Boze talks about the new book The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society with the editor of the book, Dr. John West. Boze and Dr. West discuss how some have tried to construe C.S. Lewis’ views in order to make them benefit their own, as well as Lewis’ views on Darwinism and intelligent design.

C.S. Lewis & Science: An Interview With Dr. John West, Part 1

On this episode of ID the Future, David Boze talks about the new book The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society with the editor of the book, Dr. John West. Boze and Dr. West discuss how some have tried to construe C.S. Lewis’ views in order to make them benefit their own, as well as Lewis’ views on Darwinism and intelligent design.

New Film Says Darwinian Evolution Co-Founder Embraced Design

On this episode of ID The Future, Dr. John West, Associate Director of Discovery’s Center for Science & Culture, discusses Alfred Russel Wallace, co-discoverer of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. Darwin’s Heretic is a new documentary short film now available online that highlights Wallace’s theory of “intelligent evolution” and reveals his contributions to biogeography. The film is based on a recent book by historian Michael Flannery called Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life.

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.”

Alleged, pt. 3: Recreating History, Hollywood Style

On this episode of ID The Future, Dr. John West goes “on the set” for an interview with filmmaker Fred Foote, writer and producer of the new feature-length drama Alleged, which seeks to tell the real story behind the infamous Scopes “monkey trial” in Dayton, Tennessee. In this final part of a three-part interview, Fred Foote discusses what it was like producing a film about one of the most famous trials in American history.

Alleged, pt. 2: Debunking the Biggest Myths about the Scopes Trial

On this episode of ID The Future, Dr. John West goes “on the set” for an interview with filmmaker Fred Foote, writer and producer of the new feature-length drama Alleged, which seeks to tell the real story behind the infamous Scopes “monkey trial” in Dayton, Tennessee. In this second part of a three-part interview, Fred Foote discusses the biggest myths about the Scopes trial that he hopes his film will shatter.

Alleged, pt. 1: The Story Behind the New Film that Seeks to Replace Inherit the Wind

On this episode of ID The Future, Dr. John West goes “on the set” for an interview with filmmaker Fred Foote, writer and producer of the new feature-length drama Alleged, which seeks to tell the real story behind the infamous Scopes “monkey trial” in Dayton, Tennessee. In this first part of a three-part interview, Fred Foote discusses what inspired him to do a new film on the Scopes trial.

Anders Behring Breivik Shows That Ideas Really Do Have Consequences

As the world reacts to the depravity of Anders Breivik’s cold-blooded killings, the mainstream media is quick to label the heinous crimes as an act of fundamentalist Christian terrorism. Is this really the complete story of Breivik’s underlying motivations? In his manifesto, Breivik explicitly identifies himself as a Christian, but at the same time makes it clear that he views the label as a pragmatic political tool, not a religious statement. In this episode of ID the Future, John West gives a thorough account of the scientific fundamentalism and Social Darwinist ideals that inspired much of Anders Breivik’s worldview.

According to theistic evolution, did God direct evolution and know its outcome?

In the initial years after Darwin’s theory was proposed, most theistic evolutionists believed that God guided the evolutionary process to specific ends. However, as the Darwinian view of the undirected nature of evolution gradually solidified in the scientific community, defenders of theistic evolution increasingly disowned the idea of guided evolution. Consequently, many leading proponents of theistic evolution today insist that Read More ›

Is intelligent design based on the Bible?

No. The idea that human beings can observe signs of intelligent design in nature reaches back to the foundations of both science and civilization. In the Greco-Roman tradition, Plato and Cicero both espoused early versions of intelligent design. In the history of science, most scientists until the latter part of the nineteenth century accepted some form of intelligent design, including Read More ›

According to Theistic Evolution, Is Design in Nature Detectable?

Theistic evolution proponents who do not openly deny that God guided the development of life typically insist that His guidance is unobservable in biology. Francis Collins proposes this view in The Language of God, suggesting that from God’s perspective the outcome of evolution could “be entirely specified… while from our perspective” evolution “would appear a random and undirected process.” [The Language Read More ›

Using Religion to Suppress Debate on Evolution

Evolution was back in the headlines this week as the Texas State Board of Education voted 13-2 to require students to “analyze and evaluate” major evolutionary concepts such as common ancestry, natural selection, and mutations, as well as adopting a critical thinking standard calling on students to “critique” and examine “all sides of scientific evidence.” The vote was a loss Read More ›

There Is No ‘Politically Correct’ Science

It’s impossible to isolate Darwinian theories from their societal consequences. Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection has been one of the most politically and culturally consequential ideas of the past 200 years. Yet many defenders of evolution do their best to downplay the connections between Charles Darwin and what might be called social Darwinism. Darwin, they insist, focused simply Read More ›

My Plymouth Pilgrimage

There must be something deeply ingrained in the human psyche about going on pilgrimages, for when I had a chance last year to take my wife and two small children to visit New England after speaking at a conference, I jumped at the opportunity. What could be more worthwhile than showing my family the cradle of American liberty? I especially Read More ›

Louisiana Confounds the Science Thought Police

Neo-Darwinism is no longer a protected orthodoxy in the Bayou State's pedagogy
To the chagrin of the science thought police, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law an act to protect teachers who want to encourage critical thinking about hot-button science issues such as global warming, human cloning, and yes, evolution and the origin of life. Opponents allege that the Louisiana Science Education Act is “anti-science.” In reality, the opposition’s efforts Read More ›

Darwin Day and the New Campaign to Inject Religion into Public Schools

Ed: Click here for video of the author’s Darwin Day lecture at ID the Future. As schools and museums celebrate the 199th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday today, a new push is being made to inject religion into the nation’s science classrooms. But it’s not coming from those you might think. After years of accusing Darwin’s critics of trying to Read More ›

The Abolition of Man? How Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science

“An age of science is necessarily an age of materialism,” wrote Hugh Elliot early in the last century. “Ours is a scientific age, and it may be said with truth that we are all materialists now.”[1] One does not have to look far to discover the continued accuracy of Elliot’s assessment. Scientific materialism—the claim that everything in the universe can Read More ›