quote:The Really Big Lie is this--that evolution itself is equal to and synonymous with the darwinian "ToE". Meaning that to 'believe' in 'evolution' is to believe in "the" ToE. As if evolution would not, could not exist, if "the" 'ToE' were not to be fully accepted as an article of faith. Sort of like saying that 'god' could not, would exist, if people did not believe in such an entity.
1) You do realize that there are no Darwinists here, nor do they exist in the ranks of professional scientists, don't you? "Darwinism" was improved decades ago by incorporating the various fields of genetics, and also Puntuated Equilibrium. The theory is now referred to as "The Modern Synthesis".
2) I think you will find that nobody on the science side of this issue wants people to "believe" in evolution in a religious sense, no more than we want people to "believe" in a heliocentric solar system or that matter is composed of atoms, or that germs cause disease.
What I think we'd like to see is people well-educated in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Cosmology, etc. "Belief" in any scientific concept without real understanding or knowledge is worthless.