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mall
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Evolution is a religion.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 6/15/2016 Category: Science
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Antjemarieh

Con

Is Evolution a religion? I have viewed many debates about If evolution should be taught on schools. Many people who said Evolution should not be taught had as their argument that Evolution is a relgion itself.
mall

Pro

Yes evolution is a religion.It can be thought of as a religion and or treated as such . Why is that ? Well when we break down the theory which it's assumed that this is what the topic statement is referring to , the theory of evolution , it's just that. It's a very detailed exposition of a hypothesis that hasn't concluded to be fact. Until it is fact , what can one do with the information? It depends on the individual mindset. Some may choose to BELIEVE the information even though it's not fully accounted for. Some may "stay on the fence " while others may disbelieve for whatever cause . Now what is a religion ? Religion is a belief system . A faith mixed with a practice or practices of some kind in some versions. So one may believe in evolution or the theory of evolution and the practice or work of believing in such a concept. Now to those who say it should not be taught in schools, ask those same individuals why should it not be taught in school. (Will have to continue thought in R2.
Debate Round No. 1
Antjemarieh

Con

Antjemarieh forfeited this round.
mall

Pro

Likewise for those who say it should be taught in school, ask those individuals why it should be taught in school . The response may be "well because it's a religion". Well, why should or shouldn't a religion be taught in a building structure and institution known as a school ? What is the goal of teaching or not teaching a religion at all? What is the result for doing such a thing or not doing such? See these are very relevant direct questions for the ones making an argument for evolution being a religion. Then concluding by saying "evolution is a religion, so therefore rid it from our schools. Don't teach it to our kids. It's not fact, just like everything taught in history class is not fact and you teach that to our kids." That very well may be their argument. The individual(s) of course, that is making the statement(s) in regards to having the theory of evolution vacated so to speak . Depending on the definitions these individuals use, it may very well be the case. I would allow them to expound upon that. Is evolution a religion? If we are mentioning the one with the definition that is proposing the explanation for all origins/genesis of all living-organisms because there's more than one definition for the word evolution, for the meaning of the one detailed above, yes evolution is a religion . It can be thought of as a religion and or treated as such .That is if one is honest , analytical and open-minded to consider it to be anyway.
Debate Round No. 2
Antjemarieh

Con

Antjemarieh forfeited this round.
mall

Pro

So when thinking in terms of proposed ideas or suggested explanations for things based on other various similar things but that are not directly related says that we may be closer to the truth . Until we come to absolute truth , what evidence is there to convince us otherwise to go with something or not ? To have confidence or trust in anything basically. The evidence may be little to just about but until 100% confirmation is reached, a person won't know something to be the case. However they may feel to believe in whatever the subject is . They certainly have and are left with that option. To each one it's personal, unique and exclusive . Many may look at the word science or hear the word experiment and think nothing beyond the face value of evidence. The evidence , the whole evidence and nothing but the evidence so help you, etc. . Don't always perceive things in one context . Be prepared to examine the circumstances in how other things may apply to the situation
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Voidsworn 10 months ago
Voidsworn
Well, that wasn't much.
Posted by Voidsworn 1 year ago
Voidsworn
Evolution of organisms via natural selection is no more a religion than astronomy, physics, chemistry, etc.
Posted by FoxTrot16 1 year ago
FoxTrot16
By dictionary definition religion is "the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods" As you can see the theory of evolution does not fall into religion.
Posted by Voidsworn 1 year ago
Voidsworn
The belief system is methodological naturalism, not evolution of species via natural selection. It is the same for all the other scientific theories (explanatory frameworks with predictive ability using the evidence available). No "faith" is required, though there is an element of trust PARTICULARLY by those who are not the scientists actually involved in the science.
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