I sometimes think that current intellectual culture is totally incapable of getting anything straight on the issue of evolution, let alone the evolution of religion.
Coyne is muddled, Ruse is muddled, the religionists are incoherent, and the ID folks fold more incoherence around some good critiques of Darwiwnism.
Discussing Ruse is a total waste of time. The question of the evolution of religion can’t be solved by taking darwinism as a foundation. We have discussed this issue here hundreds of times.
I welcome, even after ten years of stubborn refusal from Ruse (people like Coyne are completely beyond rescue), a look at the issue of the evolution of religion in the context of the macro effect…
These people are too academically snobbish to look at something outside their groves. Too bad: the entire academic spectrum is confused on evolution.