Conservative Split of Darwinism

:blush: Typo! The thread title should be ‚ÄúConservatives Split OVER Darwinism‚ÄĚ

A Split Emerges as Conservatives Discuss Darwin

[quote]For some conservatives, accepting Darwin undercuts religious faith and produces an amoral, materialistic worldview that easily embraces abortion, embryonic stem cell research and other practices they abhor. As an alternative to Darwin, many advocate intelligent design, which holds that life is so intricately organized that only an intelligent power could have created it.

Yet it is that very embrace of intelligent design ‚ÄĒ not to mention creationism, which takes a literal view of the Bible‚Äôs Book of Genesis ‚ÄĒ that has led conservative opponents to speak out for fear their ideology will be branded as out of touch and anti-science.

Some of these thinkers have gone one step further, arguing that Darwin’s scientific theories about the evolution of species can be applied to today’s patterns of human behavior, and that natural selection can provide support for many bedrock conservative ideas, like traditional social roles for men and women, free-market capitalism and governmental checks and balances.[/quote]

This article raises some pretty interesting questions. I wonder if there will be a corresponding move among liberals to get back to their Christian roots? While - being both liberal and Christian, I’m proud of that heritage - I actually hope NOT. Both sides need to get knee-jerkers like religion out of their platforms and discuss issues and policies based entirely on their objective merits.