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Wednesday, August 20, 2003

The religion of neo-Darwinism

"The evangelists of neo-Darwinism usually present their theory as if it were an established scientific fact that any rational person is bound to accept, whether he or she likes it or not. However, this is far from being the case..."

"...Indeed, behind its scientific facade, it [the neo-Darwinian theory] appears to have become for many of its followers remarkably like a religion. This seems to be the reason why they propagate their dogmas so zealously, guard against heresies so vigilantly, and deny the truth of all other faiths so vehemently."

"Darwin and his followers prefer the idea of gradual changes because they wish to avoid anything that might seem miraculous... But this is nothing more than intellectual prejudice, and armchair speculations about hypothetical missing links do not prove anything one way or another."

"In fact, there is surprisingly little conflict between modern scientific theories of the development of the Universe and the sequence of events described in the first chapter of Genesis."

"Even before the publication of Origin of Species, several writers pointed out that the theory of evolution did not contradict the idea of the creation of species by God, because God might just as well make a new species by transforming an existing one as by forming it directly from non-living matter. On this view, the Creator was continually guiding the evolutionary process and making new species through it. One advantage of this interpretation was that it supplied a ready explanation for the relatively sudden appearance of new kinds of animals and plants. "

Rupert Sheldrake

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