A Grand Bargain Over Evolution
By ROBERT WRIGHT - THE NEW YORK TIMES
Added: Sat, 22 Aug 2009 23:00:00 UTC
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Still, the war continues, and itâs not just a sideshow. There are intensely motivated and vocal people on both sides making serious and conflicting claims.
There are atheists who go beyond declaring personal disbelief in God and insist that any form of god-talk, any notion of higher purpose, is incompatible with a scientific worldview. And there are religious believers who insist that evolution canât fully account for the creation of human beings.
I bring good news! These two warring groups have more in common than they realize. And, no, it isnât just that theyâre both wrong. Itâs that theyâre wrong for the same reason. Oddly, an underestimation of natural selectionâs creative power clouds the vision not just of the intensely religious but also of the militantly atheistic.
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