Darwin Is Dead, and Darwinism Is Looking a Little Sluggish Too - Russell Moore


Darwin Is Dead, and Darwinism Is Looking a Little Sluggish Too

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Lewis Grizzard famously titled a book Elvis Is Dead and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself. While Darwinism might not be quite as dead as its common descendant, it is certainly twitching with spasms at certain key points. I once professed skepticism that the Intelligent Design movement (ID) would be able to win any converts from the medical establishment, but I was quite wrong. A growing number of scientists–especially in areas such as astronomy and physics–are embracing the concept of design. At the same time, the Darwinian dogmatists are in full spin-control mode against those scientists who refuse to kiss Bishop Darwin’s ring.

The ID debate is now moving faster than its proponents hoped–indeed too fast for ID to keep up with all of the arenas in which it is fighting–the laboratory, the peer reviewed journal office, the courtroom, the school board meeting room, and the newspaper editorial page. ID pioneer Bill Dembski, who as of June 1st will become Carl F.H. Henry Professor of Science and Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wonders how ID will keep up with its success. In a Henry Institute symposium, Dembski laid out a sketch of the movement’s future–and its challenges as Darwinism strikes back. The audio recording of the event can be accessed here. Listen to it–and then buy a bright evangelical child a telescope and a chemistry set.

We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency 
of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.