Posted by: Kenn Hermann | February 16, 2006

American Inquisitors

Sometimes the very best commentaries on current events were written long ago. That is true for the current controversey over Evolution and Intelligent Design. In 1928 Walter Lippmann, a founder of the The New Republic, editorial writer for the New York World, and influential public intellectual gave the Page-Barbour Lectures at the University of Virginia. His topic was American Inquisitors: A Commentary on Dayton and Chicago. In this short book Lippmann cuts to the core of the dilemma that a democracy faces in its battle with fundamentalism, both religious, patriotic, –and, dare I now say, scientific. Get it out of the library today and read it. His “Dialogue on Mount Olympus” between Thomas Jefferson and William Jennings Bryan, moderated by Socrates, succinctly captures the depth and complexity of the issues.


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