This one baffles me, but as I’ve gone digging and listening to speakers on all sides of creation v. evolution, I get very annoyed when I hear religious lawmakers and people who want “intelligent design” taught in schools call evolution a “religion.”
Seriously? On what do they base that?
From what I’ve seen, most of this comes from the most devout corners who follow creationist leanings and teachings and want God put back in the schools (I dunno how prayer and intelligent design are supposed to teach kids morals and stop school shootings, but I’m sure there’ll be more “rationalizing” to come…and that’s another post for another day).
Creationism stems from religious leanings in certain texts. Evolution is from scientific observation and artifacts. What is religious about that?
There are so many things wrong with the question, and the fact that we have to ask this freaking question in the United States in 2019. I’m not a trained scientist, I admit, but took as many classes as I could get away with in the sciences because it fascinated me, especially geology. I’m trained as a social studies teacher, history and geography. I can just look at a map of the world–specifically the coasts of South America and Africa–and think that yeah, the Earth is much older than 6,000 years.
The scientific method, artifacts, observation, tests–that’s how we figure out the truth of our world. It’s not a freaking belief system.
I mention this because I’m trying to learn as much as I can about evolution to help myself and any kiddos I tutor who may need it in the future, and it’s some fascinating learning.
Of course, the annoying part is picking through the books (the one time I’m being careful about not buying) because some look legit and then when you do research on the authors, you may find the author could be somebody from Discovery Institute (ugh) or funded by Answers in Genesis (spew).
That’s my worry. I don’t want to confuse the kiddos any more than they’re already confused in some cases.
Science is not a religion, and by extension, neither is evolution. I just get frustrated as to why someone would call evolution a religion? It makes no sense to me. Evolution is not an ideology, either (check the definition for ideology. It doesn’t fit, but I’ve noticed the words “religion” and “ideology” get conflated often enough).
Religions are based on systems of belief with or without doctrines of some type. Science relies on facts or fact-finding, not belief.
Beliefs vs. Facts.
Science is about Facts.
What is so freaking hard about that?
I have to shake my head when I hear or read about how evolution is a fanatical religion, and it’s not a religion (and I try not to giggle when the person making this claim turns out to be a fanatical creationist or biblical literalist).
Seriously, why do many religious creationists (or leaning creationists) call evolution a religion?
My cheek keeps twitching because it feels like some desperate tactic to water down the importance of evolution in science.
Floor’s yours…I’ll be muddling through this all week.