A pro-religion Darwinian
Richard Hoste, a Darwinian blogger and sometime commenter at VFR, has an article at Taki’s Magazine in which he takes apart his fellow evolutionist Richard Dawkins for his attacks on religion. Hoste points out that from the point of view of evolution, religious people reproduce themselves and therefore are successful in evolutionary terms, while secular liberals do not reproduce themselves and are evolutionary failures. Therefore Dawkins’s anti-religion campaign is absurd and self-canceling. In arguing against religion and for secular liberalism he is arguing for the extinction of Western man, since a secular liberal West will not survive.
Even if it was granted that the modern world, with its feminism and secularism, produced all the happiness one can imagine, it cannot last.I would just add this. Hoste justifies religion in terms of Darwinian evolution. But what he really means is survival, not evolution. We don’t need Darwinian evolution or the belief in Darwinian evolution in order to survive and to want to survive. Indeed, that’s the very point of his article, that the people who don’t believe in Darwinian evolution survive better than those who do.