From: Michael Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Mar 08 2003 - 17:21:25 EST
It's what one expects from Ruse. He's always fair reasonable and careful in
what he says. He is not a Christian but know what Christianity is.
So what he says is worth pondering. He always sheds light - and humour
----- Original Message -----
From: "Marcio Pie" <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2003 9:47 PM
Subject: Ruse's Science Article
> Hi there,
> There's a very interesting article by Michael Ruse in the latest issue
> of Science entitled "Is Evolution a Secular Religion?"
> This is his last paragraph:
> "So, what does our history tell us? Three things. First, if the claim is
> that all contemporary evolutionism is merely an excuse to promote moral
> and societal norms, this is simply false. Today's professional
> evolutionism is no more a secular religion than is industrial chemistry.
> Second, there is indeed a thriving area of more popular evolutionism,
> where evolution is used to underpin claims about the nature of the
> universe, the meaning of it all for us humans, and the way we should
> behave. I am not saying that this area is all bad or that it should be
> stamped out. I am all in favor of saving the rainforests. I am saying
> that this popular evolutionism--often an alternative to
> religion--exists. Third, we who cherish science should be careful to
> distinguish when we are doing science and when we are extrapolating from
> it, particularly when we are teaching our students. If it is science
> that is to be taught, then teach science and nothing more. Leave the
> other discussions for a more appropriate time."
> Very interesting conclusions from someone who doesn't consider himself a
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