Macro-evolution as a religious Doctrine.
“It is totally futile to ignore the reality of a scientist’s subjectivity.
This is to deny to faith, to religious and moral convictions, to metaphysics and philosophy their influence on scientific study.
One may attempt it but will never succeed because the scholar can never be separated from the human being.”
Herman Bavinck – Reformed Dogmatics- Prolegomena.
One of the very useful things that the Intelligent Design Movement has achieved is that it has underlined the reality of what Herman Bavinck was articulating 100 years ago. A much wider audience has learned that some supposedly objective scientists who are only concerned with “facts” actually have a deeply emotional and what could accurately be described as a “religious commitment” to macro evolution as the central dogma of naturalism. This emotional and “religious” commitment extends well beyond the realm of facts and functions in a way analogous to any organised religion.