British Linnaean Society seeks “middle way” on evolution – dismissal of 80% of world’s people’s deepest beliefs on afterlife

Their meet will be held on September 8, 2011, seeking to "reignite and reinvigorate the debate in light of current developments in the philosophy of science and of evolutionary biology." The premise?

In scientific circles “The triumph of the Darwinian method” is generally accepted. In the wider world, however, at least 80% of the 6.5 billion people currently alive on Earth have religious beliefs based on a non-material afterlife, and/or reincarnation. Although many intellectuals of religious conviction accept Darwinism, it seems likely that most people do not.


Our meeting is about how to force people who are traditionally religious to sign onto Darwinism, which means giving up their most cherished beliefs. Fortunately, "many intellectuals of religious conviction accept Darwinism,"

which means that they do not "have religious beliefs based on a non-material afterlife, and/or reincarnation."

Presumably then, the Linnaean society believes that the Christian Darwinists at Francis Collins-founded BioLogos do not have such beliefs.

This Linnean Society of London meeting pursuing is a "middle way," in which "organisms can be proud to have been their own designers." It is sponsored by The Royal Entomological Society, the British Ecological Society and the Natural History Museum.

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Denyse O'Leary is co-author of The Spiritual Brain.

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