from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A theory of biological evolution, especially that formulated by Charles Darwin.
- n. Advocacy of or belief in biological evolution.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several theories that explain the evolution of systems or organisms.
- n. The advocacy of Darwinian evolution by natural selection (Darwinism).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The theory of, or belief in, evolution. See evolution, 6 and 7.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The metaphysical or the biological doctrine of evolution or development.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (biology) a scientific theory of the origin of species of plants and animals
Darwin's evolutionism is only part of a radical scientific vision stretching from the first cosmic explosion to the most refined aspects of human taste and feeling.
BTW, I was the one arguing for the mentioning of Intelligent design in school as well as the one who states evolutionism is also a religion.
B) Anti-evolutionism is making great inroads in the hotbed of religious fundamentalism that is Canada.
My problem with the cardinal’s statements is that he is taking this idea of materialism and laying it squarely on Darwin’s shoulders, essentially saying that evolution and materialism are equivalent: “What I call evolutionism is an ideological view that says evolution can explain everything in the whole development of the cosmos, from the Big Bang to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony”
“What I call evolutionism is an ideological view that says evolution can explain everything in the whole development of the cosmos, from the Big Bang to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.”
And Dembski 1998b, p 20 rejects theistic evolutionism, which is the thesis that God used the evolutionary process to produce organisms and their adaptive features.
Philosophically speaking, in terms of how people so quickly and easily jump from evolution to evolutionism, that is, from a scientific/historic theory of development to a purely materialist view of reality, then it's not new under the sun.
Unless I misread him, he plainly says that he is against the scientific theory of evolution (not just "evolutionism").
Rejection of junk science such as evolutionism and global warming
As examples, one need only read with astonishment, but not surprise, recent essays in The New York Times Book Review coining pejoratives such as "evolutionism" and "scientism" to critique the set of ideas that inform this edition of Edge.