Virtually every scientific revolution has had its critics. The Darwinian revolution was no exception. Indeed, Darwin's theory of evolution--in its contemporary form--still has many vocal critics. For a variety of historical and cultural reasons, the controversy has often been cast as a battle between science and biblical literalism. But Darwin's theory was opposed not only by biblical literalists, but also by a wide variety of religious believers and scientists. In this research project, students will learn about some of Darwin's religious and scientific critics, and why they objected to Darwin's theory.
Other Web sources can be found with the Google search engine (www.google.com). To find Web sites that discuss these people's views of Darwin and his theory, use their names and such keywords as "Darwin" or "evolution" as your search terms. Remember, though, Web pages can vary in their reliability and accuracy. Which pages do you think are most reliable and why?