I am going to offer what I believe are some intelligent perspectives on topics like evolution, creationism, intelligent design and science education. But I don’t think any of them makes the point quite as poignantly as the front page of The Onion Magazine:
The so-called controversy about evolution (not about the relationship and relative importance of various mechanisms, the pace, or other such details, but about whether biological evolution has in fact occurred) is the scientists versus some actors and other individuals with an axe to grind and in most cases no qualifications that would have given them the opportunity to study the relevant scientific data in detail. And so there may be no denying that there is a cultural controversy; but neither can it be denied that claims that there is a scientific controversy are simply false.
Now for the other links. Denis Alexander argues that Intelligent Design is not only poor science, but unchristian as well. Mark Farmer marks the anniversary of the Origin with an article that suggests the appropriate response is wonder, not fear. Richard Firenze also has an article marking the occasion. Of course, it is important to note that most of the evidence for evolution and most of our understanding about evolution, dates from after Darwin’s time and represents a confirmation of the central features of his theory. Other articles have also appeared in the press, and the latest issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach is now available.