I am rather puzzled by Professor Robert George’s parable at the introduction to the article “Crashing the Conservative Party” (January issue). I would have thought that any Princeton professor, without regard to their personal ideology, would have been teaching Darwin, not because it suited their personal beliefs, but because it was (and as far as I know, still is) the best encapsulation of the corpus of empirical evidence to which it is directed. I am not aware of any alternative, biblical or otherwise, that does the same. If Professor George does, I would be happy to hear it.

I would hope that all Princeton faculty relish the opportunity to challenge incoming students on this and all other aspects of a student’s education — and are prepared to be challenged back. That should be the case whether a professor’s ideology is “conservative” or “liberal.” Most importantly, both should be prepared to critically weigh their own views.

Barry Newberger *76
Austin, Texas