.- An Orthodox rabbi criticized atheism masked as science, citing a prominent biologist who said scientists should undermine religion to advance popular acceptance of evolutionary theory.
Rabbi Moshe Averick, a columnist for the Jewish magazine The Algemeiner Journal, chided a recent article by University of Chicago professor Dr. Jerry Coyne which depicted religion as an opponent of evolutionary theory and as something associated with social dysfunction.
“It is clear that Dr. Coyne is not promoting Science, he is promoting Atheism and all that it entails,” Rabbi Averick said in his April 24 column. “Coyne sees his role as being much greater than that of just a professor teaching a scientific discipline; he has donned the mantle of Atheologist and is spreading the good word wherever he can.
This is an example of dishonesty at its finest. “Theistic Evolution” is one of the grandest contortions; it is one of the most dishonest attempts to preserve the Abrahamic faiths. Evolution does undermine the Judeo-Christian and Islamic myths, and anyone who claims otherwise is deceitful. This is what such religions have come to; their once lofty and seemingly absolute truths are actually lies and rather than accepting the facts, they’re distorting the facts in an attempt to preserve their cherished traditions. It’s appalling. What’s more appalling? Read some of the comments below the article. The ignorance in this country is absolutely disheartening.
Most religions started as methods of controlling populations. Many developed, and some started as a way to manage the rampant emotions people experience, with some educated (for often in the past the clergy controlled the knowledge too) person consoling or giving advice.
Then we grew up; now that we have access to information, now that education isn’t just through the faith, now that we have actual experts to help us with our problems, we just don’t need that crutch. Sadly though, the crutch needs us, and it won’t be discarded.