Billy Dembski, proud owner of a doctorate masters in theology, is very confused. In responding to Olivia Judson’s argument that “Darwinism” is a useless phrase and that no sensible person ought to call evolutionary biology Darwinism (and, AFAIC, no sensible person does), Dembski picks out her claim that referring to:
[Darwinism] suggests that Darwin was the beginning and the end, the alpha and omega, of evolutionary biology, and that the subject hasn?t changed much in the 149 years since the publication of the ?Origin.? He wasn?t, and it has. Although several of his ideas ? natural and sexual selection among them ? remain cornerstones of modern evolutionary biology:
Christ is identified as the cornerstone of a well-known religious faith, so that faith is rightly called ?Christianity.? Does Judson propose replacing ?Darwinism? with ?Darwinianity??
This is false. “The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner.” Yet we don’t call Christians “cornerity,” nor “rejectians.” True, the analogy is developed between Jesus and the stone in that story, but that’s a few stages removed.
Furthermore, Judson was criticizing people who treat Darwin as the Alpha and Omega, and she is criticizing those who would treat Darwin as the cornerstone of modern biology. She’s saying selection (natural and sexual) remain cornerstones. By Billy’s standard, we should refer to evolutionary biologists as selectians, which just sounds stupid. So we’ll stick with calling the field what it’s always been called: evolutionary biology.
To extend this analysis, I’ll observe that modern Christian theology tends to owe more to the teachings of Paul than those of Jesus, so I could suggest that we start calling Christians “Paulians,” but that’d just be petty and stupid. I’ll leave such things to Dembski.