is something I have a keen interest in but have lacked the time (to say
nothing of competence) to write about substantively. Being a Christian
myself, and one who believes the Bible represents Truth rather than a
fine collection of stories, I obviously believe ID presents a more
plausible explanation for our existence than Darwinian evolution. But
as one who believes intellectual honesty is both key to my faith and a
duty in its own right, I concede that evolution represents the consensus
scientific view and realize that opposing ideas will have an uphill
battle. It's more the nature of the debate itself, rather than the
existence of evolution theory, that often bothers me.
As it turns out, I'm not the only one. An admitted proponent of evolution, education reformer Andy Smarick, has contributed a fine piece of writing at NRO
today expressing his own dissatisfaction with the nature of the public
debate on this issue. In sum, proponents of evolution have narrowed the
terms of the debate to exclude alternate explanations, misrepresenting
both contesting ideas and their own scientific discipline.
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