Evolution is promoted by its practitioners as more than mere science. Evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion — a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality. I am an ardent evolutionist and an ex-Christian, but I must admit that in this one complaint — and Mr. Gish is but one of many to make it — the literalists are absolutely right. Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today.
The Hindus were Spinozas 2,000 years before the birth of Spinoza, Darwinians centuries before the birth of Darwin, and evolutionists many centuries before the doctrine of evolution had been accepted by the Huxleys of our time, and before any word like 'evolution' existed in any language of the world.
Temples of evolution
Natural History Museum in London...
... with statue of Charles Darwin
The Natural History Museum in London ... sometimes dubbed a cathedral of nature.
Various mythical gods depicted inside the NAS building
At both ends of the foyer, bronze grilles are decorated with Lawrie's interpretations of the signs of the zodiac; each grille depicts six signs arranged in two columns of three, with each horizontal pair framed by two pairs of winged lions facing one another in profile. The appearance of the signs of the zodiac may seem curious in a building dedicated to science. The zodiac has its origin in Babylonian star catalogues where it functioned as a celestial coordinate system. The constellations represented in the zodiac were given special status by the Babylonians because of their position along the ecliptic — the apparent path of the sun over the course of a year — divided into twelve equal sections with the position of the sun at vernal equinox as the origin. In the Academy building depictions of the zodiac and other ancient images symbolize human observations of nature in ancient times and the progress of science from its beginnings to the modern era.
The NAS building interior, the sun dome and various religious symbols
The Great Hall is cruciform in floor plan and is vaulted, with its dome rising to a height of 56 feet at its apex. The dome and its supporting elements are decorated with images, symbols and inscriptions that illustrate the history of science and of the scientific societies that predated the National Academy of Sciences. ... At the center of the dome is a stylized sun ringed by a circular band containing the astronomical symbols representing the eight planets known in 1924. Between the sun and the ring of planets is the inscription, "Ages and cycles of nature in ceaseless sequence moving,"
Typical evolution propaganda at the Smithsonian
The Institution was founded in 1846 with funds from the Englishman James Smithson (1765-1829) according to his wishes "under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men."
Preachers of evolution
I enormously admire Darwin. He’s the founder of really everything that I do.
Now it's absolutely certain that Darwin was right. And now we essentially understand why we're all here, what life is all about, what is the meaning of it all.