Evolution is Science, Not Religion

23 01 2009

Not according to this news piece (not opinion, news) from the Florida, US, based News Chief.

Apparently even atheists admit that evolution is a religion:

Scientific philosopher and ardent Darwinian atheist Michael Ruse has candidly admitted this. “Evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion-a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality… Evolution is a religion.”

And, of course, if one ‘scientific philosopher’ says something, then it must represent the views of the entire philosophical and scientific community… Well, Ruse (who I respect as a philosopher, not that I agree with him all the time) is wrong on this point. Perhaps some promulgate it as an ideology, but evolution is nothing like religion.

Well, perhaps if religion opened itself up for peer review and the possibility of falsification in the face of evidence, then perhaps evolution would be like religion. But until that day, evolution is science, and religion is not.

But what annoys me about such proclimations from anti-evolutionists is there’s really no arguing against them. They might sound like they’re presenting a logical argument backed up by facts. But they’re not. And no amount of rational discussion or evidence to the contrary will change their mind. That’s what differentiates the anti-creationist zealots from the world of science: barring personal fallibility, scientists and philosophers are at least open to be proven wrong.

But until we figure out a way of persuasively arguing with the anti-evolutionists, it just feels like we’re hurling insults across an impassable chasm, and that’s not really helping anyone.




One response

8 09 2011

The Virgin Birth taught as scientific fact in public schools:


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