Creationism special: A battle for science's soul
- Creationism special: A battle for science's soul
09 July 2005
New Scientist Magazine issue 2507
Eighty years after the Scopes trial drew battle lines over evolution and creationism, Darwin's
theory is under renewed attack, this time from "intelligent design"
ON 10 July 1925, a drama was played out in a small courtroom in a Tennessee town that touched off
a far-reaching ideological battle. John Scopes, a schoolteacher, was found guilty of teaching
evolution (see "The monkey trial - below"). Despite the verdict, Scopes, and the wider scientific
project he sought to promote, seemed at the time to have been vindicated by the backlash in the
urban press against his creationist opponents.
Yet 80 years on, creationist ideas have a powerful hold in the US, and science is still under
attack. US Supreme Court decisions have made it impossible to teach divine creation as science in
state-funded schools. But in response, creationists have invented "intelligent design", which they
say is a scientific alternative to Darwinism (see "A sceptic's guide to intelligent design"). ID
has already affected the way science is taught and perceived in schools, museums, zoos and ...
The complete article is 1653 words long.
Take a look at New Scientist's special report on "evolution" or maybe it should be titled
Editorial: Creationism against Darwinism? No contest
It is an unhappy time to be a Darwinist in the US, but it will take more than the thinly-disguised
creationism, "intelligent design", to defeat evolutionary biology
Comment - 09 July 2005
Creationism special: A sceptic's guide to intelligent design
Advocates of intelligent design argue it is a rigorous scientific alternative to natural
selection. But just what is it, and is it science at all?
News - 09 July 2005
Creationism special: Survival of the slickest
Scientists must use different tactics to argue against intelligent design, as their opponents
willingly distort the truth, says Lawrence Krauss
News - 09 July 2005
On the origin of creationism
Calling creationists irrational will get you nowhere. Far better to understand how their beliefs
arose and how they're being exploited, says Mary Midgley
Comment - 25 December 2004
Christopher W. Ashcraft
Northwest Creation Network