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Darwinism and atheism: A Marriage made in Heaven?

  • Michael Ruse
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Richard Dawkins argues both that Darwin's theory made a God-as-the-designer-of-species redundant, and also that the problem of evil provides overwhelming evidence against God's existence. But Michael Ruse suspects Dawkins may be too hasty…

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