Cryptozoology - Creation vs Evolution - Dinosaurs

1/04 - Rachel Ford writes
Mr. Niednagel - Evolutionists often tell me that evolution is not a religion. I think it is. What do you think?


You know, Rachel, this can be a very touchy subject. Recently, I came upon a fascinating quote made by Michael Ruse, a well-known philosopher of science who defended evolution back in 1981 when the state of Arkansas mandated that creation be taught alongside evolution when teaching about origins. He said this:

"Evolution is promoted by its practitioners as more than mere science. Evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion - a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality ... Evolution is a religion." (Ruse, Michael. 2000. How evolution became a religion: Creationists correct? Darwinians wrongly mix science with morality, politics. National Post, Ontario, Canada. 13, May, sec. B, p.3.)

It is a telling quote, especially considering that it comes from an evolutionist. Personally, I agree with him for the most part. However, I believe evolution is a full-fledged religion primarily for atheists. As we all know, not all evolutionists are atheists, and for Christian evolutionists (or folks of other religions), I would say it is not as much of a religion. It is, however, a type of religion, in that (at least with Christianity) many verses of the Bible must be reinterpreted in order for the two beliefs to coincide. As for atheists, I whole-heartedly concur with Ruse. Evolution is definitely an alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality. With no God, there are no absolutes. Right and wrong are relative, depending on culture or laws. What might be right for one culture (i.e. cannibalism), may be wrong for another. Therefore, who's to say which one is truly right?

Evolution is without question an escape for atheists, without which they would struggle to explain how everything came to be. I still love them, however, and enjoy speaking with them.

Thanks for writing,

Jordan Niednagel


Cryptozoology - The study of the hidden animal world, cryptozoology is a science of speculation and surprise, involving the search for animals thought to be extinct to new creatures never before identified.

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