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Michael Ruse

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691195957

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691195957.001.0001

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On Purpose

Michael Ruse

Princeton University Press

This chapter talks about the possibility of a life without religion, without God. Many people think of Darwinism as an alternative religion. Julian Huxley actually wrote a book called Religion without Revelation. Edward O. Wilson is of the same mind-set. Anyone who knows their scriptures has to be forcibly reminded of the Old Testament prophets on reading Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion. The chapter discusses the secular notion of purpose through history, the idea of social or cultural progress—something with a goal toward which history is directed. Steven Pinker argues that, despite suffering and other acts of violence, the world nevertheless is becoming a friendlier place. Science and technology seem as much the problem as the cure. This said, one can see progress in limited areas, and not just in science and technology.

Keywords:   religion, God, Darwinism, Julian Huxley, Edward O. Wilson, Old Testament, Steven Pinker, science, technology

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