Traipsing into Evolution: Intelligent Design and the Kitzmiller vs. Dover Decision

By David DeWolf, John G. West, Casey Luskin, and Jonathan Witt

In this concise yet comprehensive response to Kitzmiller vs. Dover, the first trial to address the constitutionality of teaching intelligent design in public schools, the authors explore how the judge’s decision in the case was based upon faulty reasoning, nonexistent evidence, and a serious misrepresentation of the scientific theory of intelligent design.

Despite federal judge John E. Jones’s protestations to the contrary, his attempt to use the federal bench to declare evolution a sacred cow turns out to be a textbook case of good old American judicial activism. The authors conclude that because of this ruling, “teachers seeking to ‘teach the controversy’ over Darwinian evolution in today’s climate will likely be met with false warnings that it is unconstitutional to say anything negative about Darwinian evolution.”

The book is written by David K. DeWolf, professor of law at Gonzaga University; John G. West, associate professor and chair of the political science department at Seattle Pacific University; Casey Luskin, attorney and program officer for public policy and legal affairs at Discovery Institute; and Jonathan Witt, senior fellow and writer-in-residence at Discovery Institute.

What They Are Saying:

“A disturbing feature of the debate over evolution, especially for those of us who are distantly interested but have no settled conviction on the matter, is the aggressive campaign by many in the scientific and judicial establishments to silence the opposition so that only the Darwinist story will be heard. That campaign was in full force in the recent Dover, Pennsylvania ‘intelligent design’ case, and it was rewarded with a dubious victory in Judge Jones’s mammoth, meandering opinion. Traipsing into Evolution is a gallant attempt to present the other side of the story. If you followed the Dover controversy and especially if you managed to wade through all or part of Judge Jones’s opinion, you owe it to yourself to read this book.” — Steven D. Smith, Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, University of San Diego and author of Law’s Quandary

Traipsing into Evolution is a timely criticism of judicial overreaching arising out of the Kitzmiller v. Dover intelligent design trial. It gives a thoughtful, yet succinct, analysis of the errors of the Kitzmiller court. This book is a must read for both proponents and critics of intelligent design. Unless critics of intelligent design grapple with the arguments in this book, their criticisms will be as intellectually anemic as that of the court.”–Randall L. Wenger, attorney specializing in constitutional and public-policy litigation