As I read through the scientific literature of evolutionary biology to try and convince myself of its accuracy and coherence, I was struck by the frequency with which I encountered “religious” language.
The association with “mainstream science” is often weaponized as a way of overawing us and persuading us to stop expecting answers to hard questions.
What do you give a great scientist for his birthday when he’s already got everything?
The NCSE is troubled, but this just sounds like solid science. I’m all for critical analysis of data, evaluating conclusions, and rigorous scientific inquiry.
In the absence of a common designer, the presumption of human dignity and quality has no anchor — it’s just wishful thinking.