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Darwin's Biology of Intelligent Design
Followers of Charles Darwin and proponents of intelligent design stare each other down across a chasm. After all, On the Origin of Species defined natural selection and spawned the theory of evolution, while intelligent design points to evidence of design in support of the idea of a supreme creator. Yet, when closely examined, Darwin’s ideas clearly adhere to some of the same tenets as intelligent design. University of Chicago historian of science Robert J. Richards provides a careful explanation of Darwin’s theory, revealing a fascinating perspective on the role of God and morality in the great scientist’s work.
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Robert J. Richards is the Morris Fishbein Distinguished Service Professor at University of Chicago. He is the author of several books on the development of evolutionary theory; he also writes on German Romanticism. His most recent book is Was Hitler a Darwinian?
CHF Suggests Related links and resources for further study
Leaders And Thinkers
- Robert Richards
- Personal website hosted by The University of Chicago
- Debating Darwin
- The website of the ongoing project hosted by the Fishbein Center at the University of Chicago
- Darwin's Natural Theology
- A talk given by Professor Richards on Charles Darwin's consideration of morality in human evolution [audio]