2018-12-02 22:06:51 UTC
It is very similar in many ways.
Like religions, evolution is learned. There is no proof for either,
and there is nothing anyone from either group can demonstrate that
conclusively illustrates their chosen point of view.
Champions of evolution point to scientific books, papers, theories,
DNA, fossils etc and declare evolution to be obvious.
Champions of religions point to religious books, papers, philosophy,
design, experiences etc and declare God to be obvious.
Both rely heavily on a willingness to learn the subject for it to be
believed, and both fail to convince if that willingness is absent.
Believing in a religion offers benefits, and believing the theory of
evolution does too.
Without the theory of evolution, atheism falls pretty flat. If the
species didnt appear by random mutation and natural selection then
how did they appear? There arent many options, and none of them fit
well with atheism.
With the theory of evolution, atheism has a foothold. Its tenuous
because it needs support from abiogenesis (which is not forthcoming),
and it needs a really, really, really imaginative idea of what can
happen by coincidence when matter explodes itself into existence along
with time and precise laws, for no reason. But, if enough trusted
intellectuals with straight faces and genuine sincerity say its
possible, then trusting people will go along with it. If that is
accepted then random mutation and natural selection is not such a
hurdle for skeptics.
In short TOE gives an atheist a fig leaf to hide behind from any
higher power who can judge him and affect what happens when this life
There are a few reasons to believe the theory of evolution is correct
because consciousness does actually move through different species to
arrive at the human form in much the same pathways as the species are
understood to have evolved. If the anomalies are ignored, and its
presented authoritatively to children in their formative years, it can
take hold for the rest of their life. The fact that many Christians
like to add the guiding hand of God to the process (while possibly
annoying to some), does give validity to the proper adult version,
which dispenses with the childish God-involved theory.
There are also a few reasons to believe that religions are correct.
Beginning from defining the Absolute Truth down to experiences.
The TOE is the best that atheism has and its used tirelessly to
promote atheism. Just as religions tend to try and influence all
aspects of life, evolution is now used to influence as many areas of
life as possible. Billions of dollars are spent around it. It is
threaded into entertainment, documentaries, museums, sociology,
psychology and multiple areas of science until its accepted as an
obvious irrefutable fact. Just as religions can be.
There is no proof for the theory of evolution; thats why its a
theory, not just a theory but a theory none-the-less. Its right
there in the name. Its not a scientific fact. It depends on
interpretation at the top level where the research is done and then
believing what you are taught down at the levels of students, science
geeks and the man in the street. If you dont believe what the
scientists tell you, there is no evidence.
Not you, nor me, nor anyone else, is ever going to observe it for
real. It requires faith in ones assessment if one is a scientist and
faith in what you are told if you arent. Many atheists dont believe
something until someone they consider an authority tells them that
its okay to believe it and then they do. Their authority is called
science. It doesnt mean its true but they believe it is because
someone they trust tells them it is. Most religions work like this.
If TOE falls than it will drag down whole branches of what we accept
as knowledge. Decades of work and study will have been wasted, careers
will end, grants will dry up and huge areas of science will be
irrelevant. This is similar to religions that fail.
Beliefs are cherished because they support how we see the world and
how we want the world to be, seldom how the world is. Many people are
uncomfortable with others who view the world differently to them. For
many of those who believe in the atheistic theory of evolution, then
those who believe in God can be tolerated as long as they stay away
from sensitive areas.
If they are in another country thats best, but when they are in the
same country and are questioning or worse, attacking, the fundamental
basis of a whole view of life, then those who buy into that view of
life can sometimes turn nasty. They are the counterparts to the nasty
Christians who talk about eternal hellfire and wave their Bible in the
air, except they talk about ignorance and wave scientific papers in
the air with the same conviction, arrogance, and condescension.
But even though the TOE shares many similarities with religions,
ultimately its not one because there is always a process to realize
the truth in a religion, but with TOE there is no such process. After
all the questioning, the researching and theorising you are left
simply with the choice to believe or not, because evolution of the
species cannot be experienced.