#095–Why do some religious folks call evolution a “religion”?

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.



4 thoughts on “#095–Why do some religious folks call evolution a “religion”?

  1. bobcabkings says:

    Start from the fundamentalist position that The Bible, every word of every story in it, is literally and factually The Truth as dictated to its human authors by God and faithfully recorded, and that it is all you ever need to know other than certain skills like driving or accounting. From that point of view any body of supposed knowledge which disagrees with what is in that book must be a competing religion based on some erroneous belief, because the only valid source of important knowledge is divine (or, in the case of evolution, demonic) revelation. On that basis, it is easy to see the teaching of evolution and other scientific findings (like the age of the Earth and the universe) is nothing more than an evil plot to cause children to doubt the Word Of God and the damnation of their souls.

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  2. Ally Bean says:

    I’ve no answer to your question, but it’s a good one. A reasonable one. I like BobCabKings explanation. It makes sense to me.

    I do realize when it comes to belief versus fact that people as a group hate to think. Therefore any organization, such as a religion, that offers a fast non-thinking explanation of anything is likely to gain traction with many people because there’s no thinking involved. Sad but true, you know?

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    • TheChattyIntrovert says:

      Yeah, it’s true. That’s what’s made me angrier and angrier as I continue to research and see all this lashing out against science. It angers me how nakedly people who hate evolution and won’t even look at it are doing the politer-looking version of clapping their hands over their ears and going “I can’t hear you!” Yes, it stinks to have your whole world view turned upside down, but if you have an open mind, you can work through it and incorporate it and come back smarter and better.

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