Staddon’s piece is topical, well written, and carefully reasoned. Coyne is of course free to disagree with Staddon’s conclusions.
It’s telling that one kind of evolution always seems to be missing from these “theories” about the evolutionary origins of religion.
Darwinian fairy tales about prehistoric Neanderthal proclivities and modern psychology are obvious junk science.
The greatest engine of atheism in modern times — Darwin’s theory — is nothing more than a bastardization of the strongest philosophical argument for God’s existence.
Universal Darwinism is the belief that Darwin’s theory can be applied fruitfully to many scientific disciplines, not just to biology.