"At the time I rather pooh-poohed what Mr. Gish said, but I found myself thinking about his words on the flight back home. And I have been thinking about them ever since. Indeed, they have guided much of my research for the past twenty years.
Heretical though it may be to say this - and many of my scientist friends would be only too happy to chain me to the stake and to light the faggots piled around - I now think the Creationists like Mr. Gish are absolutely right in their complaint. Evolution is promoted by its practitioners as more than mere science.
Evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion -- a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality. I am an ardent evolutionist and an ex-Christian, but I must admit that in this one complaint - and Mr. Gish is but one of many to make it - the literalists are absolutely right.
Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today."
(RUSE, Michael "How Evolution Became a Religion: Darwinians Wrongly Mix Science With Morality, Politics." National Post (Saturday, May 13, 2000)