Religion in disguise can be the most dangerous kind. Sometimes religious movements veil their true convictions and instead present an appealing false front to searching souls. Even long-time members may not be aware of the true inner core of the movement where they place their faith. By the time they do become exposed to the truth of their movement, they are too ensconced to raise any doubts. And likewise outsiders have difficulty understanding the movement. While this may sound like a cult, it also describes evolution. It is a religious theory disguised as science, and adherents and opponents alike often fail to appreciate this. The latest example of evolution’s disguised religion comes in the form of this YouTube video that challenges viewers to find a gene that did not evolve.
Of course the challenge in the video is a false one. Here’s basically how it goes: find a gene that is unequivocally designed. Then they’ll run it through their database to see how similar it is to other genes. If it’s less than 20% similar then it’s designed (oh, and don’t forget, it can’t be a gene that’s part of an irreducibly complex system).
This is like saying find a motorized vehicle with wheels that has less than 20% of the components of other known wheeled vehicles. If you do so, we’ll agree that it’s designed. Otherwise, the vehicle was not designed.
The Outsider (DB) discusses similar issues today.
The “Gospel” of Darwin: By Another Darwinian Apostle, Richard Lewontin