Next month, The Origin of Species will be distributed to students at the top 100 universities–by a Christian organization called Living Waters. But these copies will include a “special introduction” about Darwin and his theory. Inside Higher Education describes the introductory disclaimer with the following:
Materials being used in fund raising by the group say that the introduction “gives a timeline of Darwin’s life, and his thoughts on the existence of God. It lists the theories of many hoaxes, exposes the unscientific belief that nothing created everything, points to the incredible structure of DNA, and notes the absence of any undisputed transitional forms. To show the dangerous fruit of evolution, it also mentions Hitler’s undeniable connections to the theory, Darwin’s racism, and his disdain for women. In addition, it counters the claim that creationists are “anti-science” by citing numerous scientists who believed that God created the universe….”
I’ve previously argued how evolution disclaimers enhance academic freedom and critical thinking in public schools, and I have no doubt this effort to reach out to college students will bring great value to the marketplace of ideas. In fact, scientific theory is a prime example of the Left’s choke hold on higher education. Students who offer reasonable, but unorthodox views on evolutionary theory are cast aside and mocked for their “childish” views. And don’t even think about mentioning religion….
It will be interesting to see how universities react when Living Waters begins handing out the free books. We’ll be watching with interest, and hope that the academy embraces the debate.