Darwinism and popular culture: Remembering Malcolm Muggeridge
|June 11, 2009||Posted by O'Leary under Intelligent Design|
Evolution Deceit, an interesting Turkish creationist book, is good at assembling and clearly explaining the arguments against Darwinism that you can be pretty sure the average lay person will not hear from conventional TV nature programs. It does, however, get some Western intellectual history wrong. This example attracted my attention, of course:
Quoting British journalist and broadcaster Malcolm Muggeridge,
I myself am convinced that the theory of evolution, especially the extent to which it’s been applied, will be one of the great jokes in the history books in the future. Posterity will marvel that so very flimsy and dubious an hypothesis could be accepted with the incredible credulity that it has. – Deceit, p. 164, The End of Christendom (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980, sp. 43.)
He is identified there as an atheist.
Now, I knew Muggeridge at that time, and he had slowly been making his way back to Christianity since the early 1970s (dying a Roman Catholic, in the words of the ancient Protestant curse).
“Evolution,” in the popular “hey, we just evolved, that’s all,” sense was one of the many ideas Muggs had begun to forswear – indeed to abjure because he had witnessed first hand the cultural vulgarity it underwrites. Read more here.