Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Darwinism logically entails atheism?

From Buck on Atheism,

"If Darwinism is inherently atheistic, as you say, then obviously it can't be taught in public schools." "And why is that?" inquired Dennett, incredulous. "Because," said Jordan, "the Supreme Court has held that the Constitution guarantees government neutrality between religion and irreligion." Dennett, looking as if he'd been sucker-punched, leaned back against the wall, and said, after a few moments of silence, “clever.” After another silence, he came up with a reply: He had not meant to say that evolution logically entails atheism, merely that it undercuts religion.

3 comments:

Tricycle Blog said...
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Jeff Wilson said...

I think maybe Dennett is unaware that Darwin himself was a religious man, attending Unitarian services as a child and Anglican ones as an adult. His works on evolution talk without conflict about a Creator. For that matter the Roman Catholic church believes that evolution doesn't conflict with church teaching. Evolution through natural selection doesn't logically entail atheism, though it's hardly surprising that some atheists miss this point.

chutney said...

Jeff, saying Dennett is "unaware" of religion is most charitable indeed.