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John G. West Political Scientist and Cultural Critic

Twenty Years Ago Today, Did This Change the Evolution Debate Forever?

Published at Evolution News
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Exactly twenty years ago, Dr. Stephen Meyer and I organized an event to publicly launch the Center for Science & Culture (CSC). The occasion was a conference at Seattle Pacific University.

Speaking at the event that day, Saturday, August 10, 1996, was one of our first Fellows, a biochemistry professor from Pennsylvania — Michael Behe. His new book, Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution, had just been published.

Stephen_C_Meyer.jpgLittle did we know how this launch would change our lives, the lives of others — and the debate about evolution and intelligent design itself. It’s been quite a ride.

For starters, our Fellows faced severe discrimination for their views and ties with us. But in spite of threats, lawsuits, and the like, they did the unthinkable: They intensified their attack on Darwinist orthodoxy. The fight was on.

They made powerful scientific arguments. We disseminated them widely, including to scientists and scholars. Many who publicly embraced intelligent design soon found themselves unemployed or their reputations under attack. The stakes were raised.

Recognizing that this debate will impact the future of a free society, we defended the right to academic freedom and redefined the discussion. Even the New York Times admitted it. The debate was changed.

And the work continues and expands.

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The ideology of scientific materialism will continue to flourish if people who know better fail to stand up and be counted. You are part of us, and I appreciate you. We form a front line together against a powerful ideological machine driving our society downward.

Today, August 10, is the 20th birthday of our launch into this world-changing fight. Would you send a “happy birthday” message to Stephen Meyer and our team of Fellows by sending a gift of support?

A special gift of $1,000 can purchase ads promoting our new documentary, Revolutionary: Michael Behe and the Mystery of Molecular Machines; $500 can produce an ID the Future podcast; and even $50 can send an Educators’ Briefing Packet to a concerned teacher or school board member.

A gift of any size is truly appreciated and will advance the work.

Will you make a contribution today to help celebrate our birthday? If you do, it will be doubled by one of our generous donors. Your financial support really counts, and I want to thank you.

Dr. West is Associate Director, Center for Science & Culture, Discovery Institute.

John G. West

Senior Fellow, Managing Director, and Vice President of Discovery Institute
Dr. John G. West is Vice President of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute and Managing Director of the Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Formerly the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University, West is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker who has written or edited 12 books, including Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science, The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, and Walt Disney and Live Action: The Disney Studio’s Live-Action Features of the 1950s and 60s. His documentary films include Fire-Maker, Revolutionary, The War on Humans, and (most recently) Human Zoos. West holds a PhD in Government from Claremont Graduate University, and he has been interviewed by media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, Reuters, Time magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.
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