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Consternation over Ben Carson, Evolution, and Morality

May 15, 2012

By Richard Weikart– Yesterday, May 14th, almost 500 Emory University faculty and students expressed their dismay that their commencement speaker did not toe the ideological line when it came to evolutionary biology.  Yes, gasp, the renowned Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson does not believe in evolutionary theory.  Not only that, but biology professors at Emory…

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How Evolution Undermines the Judeo-Christian Sanctity-of-Life Ethic

January 4, 2012

By Richard Weikart – [Editor’s Note: This is the second of three articles by Richard Weikart. Read part 1: How Evolution Challenges Christian Ethics, by Richard Wikart.] Peter Singer, one of the most influential bioethicists in the world today, is famous for supporting abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia, especially for the disabled.  He has written many…

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Should We Believe the Intellectuals?

December 6, 2011

Are evangelicals anti-intellectual and allergic to reason? Should evangelicals simply accept whatever the secular experts say? On Credo’s “Reviews” page, Richard Weikart, professor of history at California State University, Stanislaus, gives a serious critique of The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age, by Randall J. Stephens and Karl W. Giberson. Weikart begins, “Secular intellectuals…

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C. S. Lewis and Science

October 24, 2012

West, John, ed. The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society. Seattle: Discovery Institute Press, 2012. Review by Richard Weikart— Did C. S. Lewis believe in evolution or was he a skeptic of Darwinism?  Was Lewis anti-scientific, as some of his contemporaries alleged?  Why was Lewis so disturbed by the threat of…

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How Evolutionary Ethics Influenced Hitler and Why It Matters

January 5, 2012

By Richard Weikart – [Editor’s Note: This is the third article in a series of three. Read part 1 and part 2.] One point that I explain in my book, From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany, aroused considerable controversy, and it flamed up even more after Ben Stein interviewed me…

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How Evolution Challenges Christian Ethics

January 3, 2012

By Richard Weikart – In 1995, while working on my book From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany (2004), I taught a seminar at my university on “Evolution, Religion, and Society.”  As we discussed Created from Animals: The Moral Implications of Darwinism by the philosopher James Rachels, two students insisted that…

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The “Duty to Have Designer Babies”

September 19, 2012

Recently Oxford philosophy professor Julian Savulescu moved his campaign for “moral enhancement” out of the ivory tower and into the mainstream. This month Reader’s Digest is carrying his article, “It’s Our Duty to Have Designer Babies,” in which he promotes the idea that “people have a moral obligation to select ethically better children.” By select…

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