Evolutionary Art

It happens to most of us who like classic art: You're reading an article about some contemporary artist who's making millions selling "art" made from rumpled beds, carved-up corpses, or human waste, and you ask yourself, why? Why can't art be heroic and life-inspiring? Why does art have to degrade and shock? And what is [...]

The Problem of Evil

In this Crisis Magazine classic, Benjamin Wiker argues that not only does evil fail to disprove the existence of God, but without God, we would be unable to recognize evil.  As an advocate of the Intelligent Design movement, I'm very often confronted with the following rather pointed criticism: "Well, if the world is designed, then [...]

Reflections on a Year of Science

  Science is a wonderful hobby, but a dangerous god. This year -- the occasion of commemorative scientific events, hoped-for scientific breakthroughs, and major changes in political scientific policy -- is a good year to remember this truth.   To label science a mere "hobby," though, may require some defense. There are those who find [...]

The Biblical Basis of Western Science

Science may be a refined form of common sense, but at times all-too refined. Some basic laws of science can, of course, be fully rendered in commonsense terms. One gives the full truth of the three laws of thermodynamics by saying that, first, you cannot win; second, you cannot break even; third, you cannot even [...]

Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin

  On February 12, 1809, both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born, a rather interesting coincidence. There are other odd concurrences in their two lives: Both of their mothers died quite early, within a year of each other -- Charles's mother, Susanna, in 1817 and Abraham's mother, Nancy, in 1818. Both lost three children. [...]

Fighting the Wrong War

Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul Kenneth Miller, Viking Adult, 256 pages, $25.95       The best parts of Kenneth Miller's Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul are surprisingly those parts that deal only incidentally with his thesis: that the battle waged against evolution in the [...]

The Stupid Prime Directive

As a long-time fan of Star Trek, I have to say that the Prime Directive is majorly stupid and incoherent. Now, I realize I risk alienating a large number of people simply by speaking seriously about Star Trek. So I will hasten to add that I'm not one of the "Get a life!" people who [...]

A Theist Strikes Back: A Conversation with Dinesh D’Souza

Christianity is under attack -- in the media, in the academy, and in the culture. With his latest book, What's So Great About Christianity, Dinesh D'Souza meets this latest wave head on with his characteristic wit and erudition. Benjamin Wiker spoke with D'Souza about his debut role as a Christian apologist. ♦ ♦ ♦ Benjamin [...]

Delusional Atheism

The better title for Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion (or at least the more accurate one, given the self-stated goals of his new book) would be Why There Almost Certainly Is No God. Paring back all the typical Dawkinsian rhetoric, that is all he really attempts to prove. The God Delusion Richard Dawkins, Houghton Mifflin, [...]