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Reflecting on the weight of history, William Faulkner lamented.

The past is never dead. It isn’t even past.

The centuries old relationship of science to philosophy and to religion is as tangled and contested as a Shakespearean melodrama. A history of mythic battles, real and imagined, looms over the contemporary conversation, making partisans of every stripe defensive.

In the interest of clarifying the issues, some history …


2018 Censor of the Year

Every year Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture recognizes a Censor of the Year, an outstanding example of a person or institution that contributed to the pro-Darwin “consensus” through intimidation, agitation, or professional retaliation. The 2018 Winner is…

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
This documentary brought the issue of academic freedom to the limelight, showcasing examples of campus censorship of professors and students guilty of being interested in an alternative explanation of life called Intelligent Design. Read More ›

Shedding the Galileo Complex

Correcting this historical picture — the Galileo story in particular — is one of the great virtues of John Lennox’s God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? The very notion of a science-religion conflict is largely the invention of a few prominent (though now discredited) 19th-century historians. Galileo’s persecution is the linchpin of this tale.

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Science and Religion Twenty Years After McLean V. Arkansas

The conventional wisdom in constitutional law is that the debate that began with the famous Scopes trial in 19251 over the teaching of origins in public school science classrooms officially ended in 1987. In that year the U.S. Supreme Court, in Edwards v. Aguillard,2 struck down a Louisiana statute, the Balanced Treatment Act, that required its public schools to teach creationism if they taught evolution and vice versa. The Court held that the statute violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. A small group of academics, however, with university appointments, impressive publications, and better credentials than their creationist predecessors, have raised questions about evolution and have offered alternative arguments that have changed the texture, tenor, and quality of a debate once thought long dead.  Read More ›

Fact, Myth, and the Scopes Monkey Trial
As Phillip Johnson recounts, some myths are too good to be true. The popular narrative of the "Scopes Monkey Trial" is just such a myth: tired, misleading, and still distorting dialogue about evolution. Read More ›