Wednesday, April 7, 2010

PZ Myers: The Anti-Authoritarian Authoritarian

Is there a religious influence and authoritarian tradition in science? Evolutionists such as PZ Myers reject any such notion. Though Myers relies on the usual theological truth claims that are fundamental to evolution, he is sure that science is free of all such nonsense. When he is not busy shutting down scientific inquiry with religious dictates, he reassures his readers that science is a process that empowers questioning and change.

Certainly that is what science should be, but it is precisely the opposite in the hands of evolutionists such as Myers. They believe evolution is a fact, based on religious dogma that goes back centuries. Far from the empowering the asking of questions when the evidence contradicts their theory, they protect evolution from harm. You can see examples of Myers' religious commitment here and here. Myers criticizes the religious ignorance and dogma he disagrees with, but he ignores the religious dogma that is foundational to evolution.


  1. I keep on hearing from people that the majority of scientists who publish in peer reviewed journals are evolutionists, so evolution must be true.

  2. There is much ballyhoo about the conflict between science and religion. I have come to the conclusion that there is no conflict between science and religion. There is only conflict between religion and atheist scientists, or between scientifically illiterate religious people and true science which reveals the workings of God. The intransigents on both sides should admit there ignorance. It is on public display. They should admit that they may not know it all and give others, with different points of view, a little respect.

  3. "I wish I were younger. What inclines me now to think you may be right in regarding it [evolution] as the central and radical lie in the whole web of falsehood that now governs our lives is not so much your arguments against it as the fanatical and twisted attitudes of its defenders." - Lewis, C.S., Private letter (1951) to Captain Bernard Acworth

    There you have a nice, succinct profile of P.Z.M. as well as the whole slew of rampallians that inhabit the Pharyngula and P.T. radiation zones.