An Atheist admits what we’ve known all along.

evolution-out-of-business Atheist Michael Ruse from Saving Darwinism from the Darwinians from the May 13, 2000 National Post said the following:

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. I am an ardent evolutionist and an ex-Christian, but I must admit that in this one complaint . . .the literalists are absolutely right. Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today.

As cited from Acts & Facts November 2008, page 13

5 thoughts on “An Atheist admits what we’ve known all along.

  1. Very interesting quote, Pilgrim.

    Perhaps your readers should also be afforded the opportunity to read Mr. Ruse’s conclusion…

    “So, what does our history tell us? Three things. First, if the claim is that all contemporary evolutionism is merely an excuse to promote moral and societal norms, this is simply false. Today’s professional evolutionism is no more a secular religion than is industrial chemistry. Second, there is indeed a thriving area of more popular evolutionism, where evolution is used to underpin claims about the nature of the universe, the meaning of it all for us humans, and the way we should behave. I am not saying that this area is all bad or that it should be stamped out. I am all in favor of saving the rainforests. I am saying that this popular evolutionism–often an alternative to religion–exists. Third, we who cherish science should be careful to distinguish when we are doing science and when we are extrapolating from it, particularly when we are teaching our students. If it is science that is to be taught, then teach science and nothing more. Leave the other discussions for a more appropriate time.

    In ‘case you missed it, ” Today’s professional evolutionism is no more a secular religion than is industrial chemistry”

    taking quotes out of it’s original context does not serve your cause well IMHO.


  2. Coorston:

    Thanks for your quote.

    A. I took the above quote in its exact entirety from the source I noted (what was available to me).

    B. Your quote still does not detract from the quote posted above. What he said is still absolutely true.

    But thank you for adding more of the quote. My intention is never to misquote someone. There’s enough falsehood in Atheism that I do not need to pull tricks.

    – The Pilgrim


  3. Coorston,

    If you read your portion of the quote more carefully, you’ll see that Michael Ruse is contrasting “professional evolutionism” and “popular evolutionism.” Clearly Michael Ruse believes that “popular evolutionism” is a religion, as he reiterated in your portion of the quote.

    I would urge you not to take quotes out of context. It doesn’t serve your cause well.



  4. Coorston,

    You didn’t add anything to the discussion. Michael Ruse believes that some people treat evolution as a replacement for religion and has become a religion in itself. He didn’t take anything out of context because, as far as I can see, he didn’t interpret Ruse as saying “all believers in evolution treat evolution as a religion.” If that’s what you think then the problem is with your critical reading skills, not quote-mining per the OP.


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