At 3/16/10 09:09 PM, Surreality wrote:
'A religion is
creation of a supernatural agency or agencies
No, actually exactly th opposite
usually involving devotional and ritual observances
and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs
Atheism doesn't have an inherent moral code, Atheists derive theirs from somewhere else, like I do from Humanism.
Atheism fits the bill.
No, it doesn't. Religion requires belief in supernatural, and practise of devotion and rituals. It also would preferably have a holy figure, holy texts and clergy. Despite contrary claims, we don't worship Darwin, and Origin of the Species isn't a holy text.
If Origin of the Soecies were a holy text, all evolutionary bology would be based on reinterpreting the boook, and only the book, not, for example, doing experiments or questioning the word of Darwin. The fundamental difference between science and theology, is, that a scientist has to question even their own fundamental truths. For the record, parts of Origin of the Species have been, upon closer inspection, found to be wrong. Hence, why there is a whole field of evolutionary biology that produces new texts, based on experiments and deduction. Not reinterpretation.