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Jonathan Wells

John Corrigan Wells best known as Jonathan Wells (b. Born::1942) is a proponent of intelligent design, and is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute's Center for Science & Culture. His motivation for seeking higher education was primarily to "destroy" Darwinism, an idea he finds as obnoxious as the Marxist materialism.[1]

He has two Ph.D.s — one in molecular and cell biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and the other in religious studies from Yale University. He has worked as a postdoctoral research biologist at the University of California at Berkeley and as supervisor of a medical laboratory in Fairfield, California. He has also taught biology at California State University in Hayward.

Dr. Wells has published articles in Development, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, BioSystems, The Scientist and The American Biology Teacher. He is author of Charles Hodge's Critique of Darwinism (Edwin Mellen Press, 1988) and Icons of Evolution: Why much of what we teach about evolution is wrong (Regnery Publishing, 2000). He has also written The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design (Regnery Publishing, 2006).

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Articles by Jonathan Wells (link to these)
  • Analysis of Kansas Definition of Science Compared to All Other State Science Definitions, Discovery Institute, November 10, 2005
  • Give Me That Old Time Evolution: A Response to the New Republic, Discovery Institute, October 12, 2005
  • Do Centrioles Generate a Polar Ejection Force? Rivista Biologia, June 8, 2005
  • Not The Flat Earth Myth Again! Discovery Institute, May 20, 2005
  • National Geographic Ignores The Flaws in Darwin's Theory, Discovery Institute, November 8, 2004
  • Homology in Biology: A Problem for Naturalistic Science by Jonathan Wells. Origins and Design 18:2 (Fall 1997).
  • Statement regarding the Texas State Board of Education hearings on biology textbooks by Dr. Jonathan Wells, Texas State Board of Education, September 10, 2003
  • Alan Gishlick and the NCSE: Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing New on the Icons of Evolution, Discovery Institute, December 13, 2002
  • Report from Hillsdale College Symposium on ID, Discovery Institute, November 18, 2002
  • Weird Science? A Darwinian Debate Continues Christianity Today, November 11, 2002
  • Desperately Defending the Peppered Myth: A Response to Bruce Grant, Discovery Institute, October 2, 2002
  • The Peppered Myth: "Of Moths and Men” An evolutionary tale, Books & Culture, September 30, 2002
  • Catch-23, Research News & Opportunities, July 1, 2002
  • Critics Rave Over Icons of Evolution: A Response to Published Reviews, Discovery Institute, June 12, 2002
  • Moth-eaten Statistics: A Reply to Kenneth R. Miller, Discovery Institute, April 16, 2002
  • There You Go Again: A Response to Kenneth R. Miller, Discovery Institute, April 9, 2002
  • "Intelligent Design? A Special Report from Natural History Magazine," Natural History Magazine, Michael Behe, Kenneth Miller, William Dembski, Robert Pennock, Jonathan Wells, Eugenie Scott, April 1, 2002
  • MUTANT SHRIMP? — A Correction, Discovery Institute, February 11, 2002
  • Inherit The Spin: Darwinists Answer "Ten Questions" with Evasions and Falsehoods, Discovery Institute, January 15, 2002
  • "Critics Want More Facts, While Darwinists Push Their Faith," Human Events, October 1, 2001
  • "Evolution for the masses," The Washington Times, September 23, 2001
  • Response to Jerry Coyne’s Review of Icons of Evolution, Discovery Institute, April 26, 2001
  • On Open Minded Research: Response to Critics, Discovery Institute, March 1, 2001
  • "Should Students Be Taught the Truth about Evolution? Response to Larry Martin," World & I, March 1, 2001
  • Thoughts about Peppered Moths: This classical story of evolution by natural selection needs revising, Expanded from The Scientist 13, no. 11 (May 24, 1999), February 9, 2001
  • "Survival of the Fakest," American Spectator, January 1, 2001
  • "Let's change science standards and let students do real science," Philadelphia Inquirer, December 11, 2000
  • "Natural selection found in report on science education," The Washington Times, Jonathan Wells and Jay W. Richards, October 8, 2000
  • Lerner Report Whitewashes Bad Science: A Response to Lawrence S. Lerner's "Good Science, Bad Science: Teaching Evolution in the States" (Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, September 26, 2000), Discovery Institute, Jonathan Wells and Jay W. Richards, September 26, 2000
  • An Evaluation of Ten Recent Biology Textbooks: A Report for the Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture, Discovery Institute, August 28, 2000
  • "Do peppered moths, in the wild, often settle on tree trunks?," An online exchange sponsored by Arthur S. Lodge Arthur S. Lodge Jonathan Wells, Dave Thomas, Kim Johnson, Ian Musgrave, January 1, 2000
  • "All forms of science designed for discussion," Topeka Capital-Journal, November 22, 1999
  • "Ridiculing Kansas school board easy, but it’s not good journalism," The Daily Republic (Mitchell, SD), October 14, 1999
  • "Haeckel's Embryos: Setting the Record Straight," The American Biology Teacher, May 1, 1999
  • "Abusing Theology: Howard Van Till's 'Forgotten Doctrine of Creation's Functional Integrity'," Origins & Design 19, no. 1, June 1, 1998
  • "Homology: A Concept in Crisis," Origins & Design 18, no. 2, Jonathan Wells, Paul Nelson, September 1, 1997
  • Evolution and intelligent design, Discovery Institute, June 1, 1997
  • Politically Dead Wrong: Review of What is Darwinism? and Other Writings on Science and Religion by Charles Hodge, edited and with an introduction by Mark A. Knoll & David N. Livingstone, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1994. 182 pp. Origins & Design 17, no. 2, March 1, 1996
  • "Darwinism and the Argument to Design," Dialogue & Alliance 4, no. 4, January 1, 1991


  1. " prayers convinced me that I should devote my life to destroying Darwinism." [1]