Daniel Dennett on religious belief… (II)

"I, too, want the world to be a better place. This is my reason for wanting people to understand and accept evolutionary theory: I believe that their salvation may depend on it! … So isn’t my belief that belief in evolution is the path to salvation a religion? No; there is a major difference. We who love evolution do not honor those whose love of evolution prevents them from thinking clearly and rationally about it! On the contrary, we are particularly critical of those whose misunderstandings and romantic misstatements of these great ideas mislead themselves and others. … So I feel a moral impreative to spread the word of evolution, but evolution is not my religion. I don’t have a religion." Daniel C. Dennett, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, New York: Viking 2006, 268.

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