It sounds as though the Darwinian biologist is confusing “religion” with “theism”:
The latest false analogy between religious and nonreligious belief systems is John Staddon’s essay “Is Secular Humanism a Religion?” for Quillette. Staddon’s answer is “Yes,” but his reasoning is bizarre. One would think that it should be “Clearly not” for, after all, “secular” means “not religious,” and secular humanism is an areligious philosophy whose goal is to advance human welfare and morality without invoking gods or the supernatural.Jerry Coyne, “Secular Humanism is Not a Religion” at Quillette
If Jerry Coyne thinks he is advancing human welfare and morality at all, he is involved in some kind of religion. The word means “to tie together,” that is to tie people to the universe, to each other, to their ultimate fate, etc. He spends so much time attacking other people’s religion, he can only be doing it on behalf of his own; a genuinely irreligious person does not care.
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