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Darwinianity: The Religion of Darwinian Evolution

Reading recent books by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, I am now considering the so-called new atheism to be in reality Darwinian Evolution as religion.  It has many of the earmarks of a religion. 

  1. It attempts to answer many of the larger questions of life — existentially.
    1. Where do I come from?  Answer:  from a pool of chemicals by way of apes.
    2. Where am I going? Non-existence.
    3. How am I saved? (1)    By being green and accepting a new-age oneness with creation. (2)     Read Dawkins. (3)     Attack those ignorant Christians.
    4. What is good and evil? (1)      Darwin is good. (2)      Relativistic morality (3)       Except when it comes to those evil Christians.  The most ironic aspect of this new religion (new atheism) is it’s dogmatic stance that religion is bad.  Yet, how do they measure good and evil, if we all just come from a mindless pool of chemicals? (4) Religion is evil.
    5. Why am I here? (1)      To survive as a species. (2)     To worship Darwin and enjoy him forever, or at least until I am worm food. (3)     To evolve into a higher form of Darwin believer.  (4) To attack Christians. (5) To save the planet by being green and using flourescent bulbs.
    6. What is truth?  (1)   Philosophical materialism. (2)     Whatever Dawkins says it is.
    7. Who or what is my authority?  (1) Charles Darwin and Richard Dawkins is his prophet.
  2. It has its own leaders – Darwin, Dawkins and Hitchens to name three.
  3. It has its own place of worship – New Age churches, Universal Unitarians, and most liberal mainline denominations.
  4. It is highly dogmatic and rejects all opposition.

 

 

Can you add to the list? Sacraments? 

 

 

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December 8, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

7 Comments »

  1. The argument could be made that abortion is one of the sacraments. If we accept the Darwinian construct that we are simply meaningless collections of cells then a fetus has no intrinsic value therefore can be aborted at the convienience of the mother.

    Comment by Craig | December 8, 2008

  2. Excellent, Craig. I agree. Abortion or at least the right to an abortion could be viewed as a sacrament, though not for everybody…something like marriage or holy orders in Catholicism.

    Comment by Adel | December 8, 2008

  3. If evolution is a religious belief (it’s not) it, at least, is a scientific belief whereas your belief is a theological one.

    The difference is that the former is supported by a body of evidence which can, and should be questioned, tested, verified and in some areas changed and discarded in light of new research adding to the body of evidence.

    Religious belief, on the other hand, is purely based on faith with no support of evidence.

    What evolution shows is that it is unnecessary to postulate the existence of a god or other ‘super’ being or power to explain the diversity and beauty of life and the natural world we see all around us.

    Sad that truth and knowledge is so easily side-stepped for the sake of dogma.

    Having said that I don’t fully understand the logic of your list of sacraments!

    What has being green got to do with evolution? Why am I here and what is truth are about the only ones worthy of consideration and are more philosophical than theological.

    However, your last is about the most telling “It is highly dogmatic and rejects all opposition” and says more about your own mindset than that of science, evolution or Darwinism.

    Comment by Rob Willox | December 9, 2008

  4. A Question:

    If we evolved from Apes – Why are there any Apes left? Did some of them not ‘want’ to be human?

    Darwin states: “Natural selection acts only by the preservation and accumulation of small inherited modifications, each profitable to the preserved being;” Was reason and intellect not ‘profitable’ to the Apes who weren’t able to evolve into humans? Has evolution stopped, or do we continue to evolve as a species?

    Following Craig’s point regarding abortion as a sacrament; Have we evolved to a point where humans now use abortion (consciously or sub-consciously) as a form of natural selection?

    It is my observation from reading Section IV of “Origin of the Species”, Natural Selection; or the Survival of the Fittest by Charles Darwin, that his observations were more of a philosophical, not of a scientific nature.

    The scientific method requires observation and experimentation, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses. It seems to me that Darwin did an exceptional amount of observation, and hypothecating, but science at the time did not allow for the experimentation. It seems to me, that those of us supportive of Intelligent Design are simply questioning the hypotheses that evolution are built upon.

    Comment by Rob Sayler | December 9, 2008

  5. Rob Sayler,

    Excellent points. Please read my most recent blog entry for my further thoughts on your comments. Thank you so much for your added insights.

    Adel

    Comment by Adel | December 10, 2008

  6. A “religion” is merely the practice of what one believes to be true, with or without genuinely good reason and fact for believing it. You are right to think that other belief systems unlike your own are religions in their own right, however, to claim “atheism” is some sort of systematic belief system is stretching credulity too far. About the most any two so-called “atheists” have in common is their skepticism regarding the beliefs of those who call themselves or can rightly be called “theist”. Although, certainly, my own set of beliefs is rather more systematic than haphazard, I would not call them “atheist beliefs” but rather a set of beliefs that, in the estimation of someone who is a “theist” would call “atheistic” in nature. To conclude I am and “atheist” is only a very small part of knowing who I am, not the end.

    I submit we all have an individual and tailor-made religion in that we all have our own take on what is true and what is not and therefore live according to what we believe to be true. It should also be understodd that one’s beliefs and values are never actually permanent but rather continually evolving from earlier versions to more up-to-date versions. You continually revise your “religion of one” whether you admit it or not. To call “atheists” religious isn’t saying anything terribly revealing, however, to call “atheism” a religion lacks any real weight in fact or argument. The purpose of the post is, no doubt, an attempt to denigrate those you suppose to be “atheists” by making the point they practice a religion as though “religion” is necessarily synonymous with belief in a “god” or “higher power”. Anyone who thinks clearly through just what the word “religion” means wouldn’t be at all insulted by your attempt to be insulting. Also, anyone who fully understands the issues at hand will dismiss your argument here as inaccurate and faulty.

    You may call me an “atheist” but, don’t assume that tells you anything particularly revealing about me as a whole person, just as my calling someone a “theist” doesn’t say much that’s revealing of them also as a whole human being. No label or set of labels can ever be entirely inclusive of a living and breathing human being and never will.

    There is no religion called “atheism”, however, it is quite clear that all of those you would call “atheist” are religious in ways perhaps similar but mostly unlike your own. Theists and atheists who claim otherwise misunderstand the term “religion”. Rather than depend entirely on a rather inaccurate label to tell you something useful about a human being, take authentic time to get to know what they DO believe rather than stop only with what they do NOT believe.

    Comment by Naumadd | December 11, 2008

  7. Thank you for your comments Naumadd. I appreciate your perspective although I disagree with you on several key points.

    To be an atheist requires certain beliefs or non-beliefs. So while might consider themselves atheist, when pressed, they might in fact be more agnostic or pantheists.
    You also say, “About the most any two so-called “atheists” have in common is their skepticism regarding the beliefs of those who call themselves or can rightly be called “theist.”” This might be true, but it is also just as true for those who consider themselves theists, pantheists, monists, etc. So your point here is meaningless. There remains a certain body of truth claims that are essential to one being an atheist.

    Your points about being an atheist not describing you exhaustively are interesting, but have nothing to do with my blog posting. You might also be a loving father, a caring son, a good husband, an efficient worker, a great soccer player, etc. This does not deny your atheism, although it might inform it, and be informed by it.
    Personally I do not label a person as one thing or another so that I can dispense with them. I have friends who are pantheists, atheists, theistic evolutionists, agnostics, etc. I want to understand what they believe, so that I can have intelligent conversations with them and possibly be able to communicate the gospel to them in ways that they can understand, prayerfully asking God to soften their hearts to the truth. I do not love them less or see them as less than a friend because they choose to reject or ignore the truth.

    I do not believe that atheism in general is a religion, but rather as I posted, the new form of atheism, which I referred to as Darwinianity has many characteristics of a dogmatic religion. If you read Dawkins newest book, I think that you will see some of this.

    As to your points about tailor-made beliefs, you make some good observations here. I believe that our modern/postmodern world has created much more of this kind of thinking than you might find in previous centuries. Also, to some degree, because we are each individuals, with our own minds, there will always be slight variations in our beliefs especially in areas that are non-essential to our faith systems.

    Comment by Adel | December 11, 2008


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