Once again, it's about evolution and creationism (masquerading, as has now become typical, as something more scientific-sounding called intelligent design theory), about which our Peter deludes himself there is a debate worth having.
Fortunately, Jason Rosenhouse takes him to task.
Dr. Rosenhouse, however, is a bit too generous when he speculates that Hitchens, before writing his piece, might have thought along these lines:
I certainly can't endorse creationism or ID. I mean, those guys are just nuts. Don't want to be associated with them. How about if I just tell everyone to be open-minded and skeptical? That could work.No: as far as I know Peter Hitchens has never shied away from asserting arguments which are 'just nuts'.
But otherwise, a fine response. Thank you, Dr. Rosenhouse.
For something more compelling than Peter Hitchens's little intervention, take a few minutes to consider this quite wonderful depiction of evolution narrated by Carl Sagan (from Cosmos, via fellow Carl Sagan blog-a-thon contributor andy69):