Recently, Darwinist philosopher Michael Ruse spoke on this theme at the Oxford Brookes Philosophy Public Lectures:
Christianity and Darwinism have very different understandings of the nature and causes of war. However, beneath the surfaces, there are some surprising similarities, not the least a debt to Saint Augustine’s claims about original sin. This talk uncovers these and other pertinent facts, arguing that we are not dealing with a religion versus science debate but more a religion versus religion debate.
Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. More.
The lecture follows on his 2016 book, Darwinism as Religion.
Ruse has always been honest about that. For example, in 2000, he wrote:
“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–and Mr. Gish is but one of many to make it–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.”– Ruse, M., “How evolution became a religion: creationists correct? Darwinians wrongly mix science with morality, politics”, National Post,pp. B1, B3, B7 (May 13, 2000)
And he has made the same point many times.
So one wonders how it comes about that Ken Miller claims in Scientific American that the very term “Darwinism” is a “scientific slur.” Can he really know nothing of Ruse’s widely known work? Or is this another instance of post-modernism seeping into science, where background knowledge of the facts actually doesn’t matter much? Miller likely has nothing to feel embarrassed about at Scientific American.
See also: Is the term Darwinism a “scientific slur”?
Physics needs Darwin? Ken Miller should hear this