Truckling to the Faithful: A Spoonful of Jesus Helps Darwin Go Down
At the beginning of his post denouncing accomodationism Coyne cites this quote from S.J.Gould:
For if we ever begin to suppress our search to understand nature, to quench our own intellectual excitement in a misguided effort to present a united front where it does not and should not exist, then we are truly lost.
–Stephen Jay Gould
I can’t think of any group of people who have done more to suppress the real understanding of evolution than Darwinists in general and, sadly, S.J.Gould in particular.
We should have been beyond Darwinism just at the point that Gould called the Neo-Darwinian synthesis effectively dead. Instead the Darwin fanatics retrenched and became downright intolerant promoters of the Dawkins religion.
And figures such as Coyne show the grown up version of these still adolescent groupies.
One of the saddest forms of accomodationism is that of the general community of scientists who know perfectly well that Darwin’s theory is outdated, and yet remain silent.
And not a few are tempted to think that outright deception is needed to counter creationism and cling to the oversimplifications of natural selection because it generates a simple narrative that is effective with propaganda dupes.
And it is sad that Gould could not break out of the straightjacket, after clearing seeing that the jig was up. Was this confusion, self-deception, accomodationism?
Noone is suggesting that non-believers should accomodate with religion, but the position of too many here is that Darwin’s oversimplications can be used to explicte all matters of religion, and/or foundationalize atheism.
These tactics have discredited atheism, and taken the Darwin muddle to a whole new level.