Reagan at National Prayer Breakfast 1988 Video Still
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Ronald Reagan’s Deeply Personal Argument for Intelligent Design

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1911
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Michael Medved
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John G. West
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On this ID The Future marking the anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s death, we’re delighted to share Discovery Institute Vice President Dr. John West’s recent conversation with radio host Michael Medved discussing Reagan’s deeply personal argument for intelligent design. During remarks given at a National Prayer Breakfast event in 1988, Reagan shared his argument for intelligent design in unscripted, humorous fashion. But as Dr. West explains, Reagan’s commitment to intelligent design went much deeper than a few off-the-cuff laugh lines. Reagan fought against atheism and materialism in his diplomacy as president and even in his role as a father.

For decades, Reagan collected and preserved his favorite comments, stories, and jokes on notecards, which he would draw on in creating his public talks. One of these cards contained the kernel of his gourmet banquet story: “Ask an atheist who’s just had a great meal if he believes there’s a cook.” Reagan likely shared this simple, compelling argument for design many times throughout his career, including perhaps most notably with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Reagan even shared with Gorbachev his heartache over his son Ron’s decision to declare himself an atheist, at the same time encouraging the Soviet leader to give his people more religious freedom.

We’re grateful to the producers of The Michael Medved Show for permission to share this interview.

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John G. West

Senior Fellow, Managing Director, and Vice President of Discovery Institute
Dr. John G. West is Vice President of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute and Managing Director of the Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Formerly the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University, West is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker who has written or edited 12 books, including Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science, The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, and Walt Disney and Live Action: The Disney Studio’s Live-Action Features of the 1950s and 60s. His documentary films include Fire-Maker, Revolutionary, The War on Humans, and (most recently) Human Zoos. West holds a PhD in Government from Claremont Graduate University, and he has been interviewed by media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, Reuters, Time magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.
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