I am amazed at how defensive people get by the term Darwinist. It is almost like I have blasphemed against their deity or something. Why do they react this way?
The term Darwinism was used by a follower and friend of Charlie himself, Mr. Thomas Henry Huxley (better known as Darwin’s bulldog). This was seen as an endearing label and Charlie didn’t shy away from it. For additional information please check out Wikipedia. Here is Darwinism as defined by Talk Orgins.
I realize that the Theory of Evolution has changed over time and is now different than when Darwin first wrote of it, but so many still point to Charles as the founding father. His birthday was observed by many of the faithful and his home has become a shrine to him, this is all clear signs of worship. This makes a case for the use of the label Darwinists.
Here is one Darwinist that is not afraid of the label and wonders why others are.
I do not use this label in any derogatory way. It only allows me to direct my comments to a specific group of people. Much like when someone uses the labels ‘creationists’, ‘flat-earther’, ‘young earth creationist’ or ‘atheist’. These are all labels so that people can quickly understand your viewpoint on a given topic. It in no way should be used to lock you in to a box and say that you must conform to the thoughts of all other Darwinists, much like not all Christians hold to the same ideas about some topics, it’s ok to think for your self.
So here is your chance Darwinists, come out of your closet and do not be ashamed of your beliefs. Let me know why you like or dislike the use of the label Dawinists.