Ken Miller: The Evolution Wars

Posted on September 14, 2011 by

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Ken Miller is an entertaining and assured speaker, which I’m sure is one of the reasons he made such an effective witness in the infamous 2005 Dover trial, in which he argued that ‘Intelligent Design’ was just a flimsy repackaging of creationism. You can watch an excellent PBS documentary about the Dover case here.

The talk he gave at the lovely Frick Fine Arts auditorium tonight reflected on his experience in that trial, the current status of the “Evolution Wars,” and his feelings about the unity of science and religion. He believes that theists should view evolution as the continuing act of God’s creation, and ended the talk with Darwin’s famous concluding sentence to The Origin of Species:

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

The Cloister at the Frick Fine Arts building tonight

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