Motives behind attacks on the theory of evolution
The theory of the emergence and development of life through biological evolution is generally attacked from various angles and its opponents have various reasons for their criticism. However, basically, from the very beginning, three basic motives are continuously repeated: apparent or actual inconsistency with one’s own ideological model (concept) of the world, fear of the social consequences of general acceptance of the theory of evolution and specific substantive objections to the starting points or conclusions of the theory of evolution. All these motives can, of course, intermingle in the standpoints of individual persons. The opponents of the theory of evolution need not be aware of their actual motives and very frequently consciously and unconsciously copy the behavior of the social group to which they belong.