Essays on Science and SocietyPERCEPTIONS IN SCIENCE

Is Evolution a Secular Religion?

Science  07 Mar 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5612, pp. 1523-1524
DOI: 10.1126/science.1082968

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The fact of evolution postulated by Charles Darwin in his Origin of Species was quickly embraced by the great thinkers of Victorian society, but its mechanism, natural selection, seemed to be less appealing. As Michael Ruse ponders in his essay, evolution seemed to have been adopted as a new secular religion, complete with commandments for how to progress to a better life and cathedrals of natural history housing valuable fossil relics.