EVOLUTION, IN RETREAT
(Investigator 119, 2008
Garry Lockwood (The Advertiser 9/1/08) says that
suffered some kind of setback in the 1980s but is wrong.
It’s there in New Scientist, Time, National
Geographic, Year 12 Biology and in Richard Dawkins’ books.
Garry may not have noticed that biblical literalism and dogma have been
in retreat for almost exactly 150 years.
In 1858 Darwin still had good reason to fear a strong community
backlash and the laws of blasphemy and sedition, Queen Victoria being
head of the Church of England, but eventually co-published decades of
research with Alfred Wallace.
As a maths/computing lecturer, Garry may not be au fait with biological
evidence supporting evolution. Dawkins has repeatedly debated
'believers' (it's in his job description) and I recommend Garry read
his God vs Science dismantling (Time, 13/11/06) of Dr Francis Collins,
Director of the Genome Project and evangelical Christian, who offered
"God is mysterious"!
John H Williams