Does flaming rhetoric change the minds of thoughtful people?

Ideas have consequences. So do attitudes.

Famous Christian scholar, C.S. Lewis, long supported the idea of theistic evolution, but changed his mind later in life. He said:

“I wish I were younger. What inclines me now to think you may be right in regarding it [evolution] as the central and radical lie in the whole web of falsehood that now governs our lives is not so much your arguments against it as the fanatical and twisted attitudes of its defenders.”

—Lewis, C.S., Private letter (1951) to Captain Bernard Acworth, one of the founders of the Evolution Protest Movement (England). Cited by evolutionist Ronald Numbers in his book, The Creationists, University of California Press, California, p. 153, 1992.

Consider also:

Unintended Consequences: How Hostile Responses to Darwin’s Doubt Turned a Thoughtful Reader Against Darwinian Evolution

and

Changing My Mind on Darwin

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