Jonathan Witt

Executive Editor, Discovery Institute Press and Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture

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Review of Creationism’s Trojan Horse

Click here to read a review (PDF) of Barbara Forrest and Paul Gross’ book, “Creationism’s Trojan Horse” by Jonathan Witt, from a forthcoming issue of the philosophy journal Philosophia Christi.

Darwin-only Crowd Desperately Rejects Any Competing Theory

President Bush has committed the unforgivable sin. When asked earlier this month whether students should be exposed to the growing controversy surrounding Darwin’s theory of evolution, Bush responded, “You’re asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas. The answer is yes.” The reaction from the Darwin-only crowd was immediate: There is no controversy worth mentioning, Read More ›

The Intelligent Approach: Teach the Strengths and Weaknesses of Evolution

The debate over how to teach evolution continues to escalate in Utah and around the country. Some insist that only Darwinism be taught in the science classroom while others are bent on including the Biblical account alongside modern evolutionary theory. One is a dogmatic approach to science education while the other enshrines a particular religious text in the public class Read More ›

Study strengths, weaknesses of evolution

Biology textbooks diligently paper over the fact that biologists have never observed or even described in credible, theoretical terms a continually functional, macroevolutionary pathway leading to fundamentally new anatomical forms. It seems the Darwinists in Kansas are living in the past. Not the past of, say, the fossil record. The history written there tells of the abrupt appearance of major Read More ›

KNME Reveals Double Standard

In school districts across the country, Darwinists are waging a fierce campaign to protect students from learning about the scientific weaknesses of their theory. Now it appears they may also have convinced PBS affiliate KNME in Albuquerque, New Mexico to protect its viewers from this dangerous information. At the last minute, KNME cancelled “Unlocking the Mystery of Life,” a science Read More ›

Follow evidence wherever it leads

How can guardians of the status quo protect Darwinism from competition in the classroom? One way is to play a definitional game, arguing that intelligent design isn’t science. They do this by claiming that when a scientist argues that something in nature was designed, she does so only because we’re ignorant about the details of how it arose naturally. Opponents Read More ›

Creation, life and intelligent design

A Letter to the Editor
Sir, Terence Kealey (Comment, December 18) says that proponents of intelligent design are “devilishly intelligent”. Since the British philosopher and former atheist Antony Flew has just washed up on to the shores of intelligent design, he too is now “devilishly intelligent”. What has his Faustian intellect uncovered? Peering into the world of even the simplest functional, self-reproducing cell— — the Read More ›

Nature’’s Evidence Leads us to a Place of Wonder

British philosopher Antony Flew has been called the world’s most influential philosophical atheist. As far back as his debates with Christian apologist C.S. Lewis in 1950, he argued that there simply wasn’t enough evidence for a creator. Now Flew has changed his mind. Those who admired his intellect when he was an atheist should listen carefully to his reasoning now—for Read More ›

Unraveling The Threads of Darwinist Paranoia

For years philosopher Barbara Forrest and biologist Paul Gross have been warning anyone who will listen about what they regard as a sinister conspiracy by proponents of intelligent design theory to abolish civil liberties, unify church and state, and “replace the scientific method with belief in God.” Their book Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design represents a culmination Read More ›

The Gods Must Be Tidy!

Is the Cosmos a Work of Poor Engineering or the Gift of an Artistic Designer?
When as a boy I read “The Scouring of the Shire” near the end of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, I could not understand why Tolkien felt the need to tack on such an anti-climactic and shabby bit of evil. Only later, as I began to notice modernity’s penchant for ugliness in the world beyond Middle Read More ›