Evolution may be a religion to some, but it certainly is not when simply part of properly conducted science. It is not a religion to me. It obviously was not to my fellow classmates either, for as I have indicated for they felt no need to give up Christian beliefs when they accepted evolution as a valid scientific principle. Many people have found that there is no reason to give up religious belief when accepting scientific principles.
They did not really convert to anything and they came to conclusions from their own study and through their own free will. This was not a case of people coming into a situation of being restricted from thinking freely. Actually if indoctrination was involved, it was in their previously held Young Earth Creationist beliefs that they accepted before actually being more aware through education.
What part of the Bible is required for you to give up in order to believe in evolution?
Think freely = choose and believe freely. If a scientist goes and speaks his christian belief in front of a science convention, how long after that would he still be considered a scientist? Unless he recants and denounces God, his career is over.
Theistic evolution separates the Body of Christ through one part claiming more knowledge, more education, and just being smarter than everyone else who does not believe as they do. This goes along the lines of one Christian always putting themselves above another by always claiming to be closer to God, and using their faith as a tool of destruction.
TE makes your faith more based on observation. It basically makes the Christian just like the doubting Thomas in the Bible. And what did Christ say when Thomas would not believe until he felt the wounds as well as seen them:
jn 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
jn 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.
jn 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
When doubt enters into the heart, it's like a bad seed that can grow. The many years I have debated EVOs and TEs, I have also seen this seed grow until total doubt won out. And the person totally lost faith. How far can a Christian totally lose their faith (err from truth)?
James 5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
Far enough to need conversion to come back, which also means they can end up in Hell. What is of God, does not make a person turn away from God.
I can list a bunch of stuff about TE that is wrong and destroys faith. The only thing you can list about YEC is that you think it's stupid to believe in (exalting yourself above other Christians whom disagree with you):
1) 6 day creation.
2) 6000 years.
3) A world wide flood. Which by the way, the water for it was found.
Yet every bit of YEC can be found in the Bible, yet not one thing that supports evolution can. Evolution is an accepted secular world view, YEC is only accepted by those who believe the Bible is 100% true. To believe in evolution means you are friends with the world view, to believe YEC means you are an enemy of the world view.
jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Do you know why adulterers are addressed in that verse? It's because salvation is considered a marriage covenant.
mt 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
rev 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
rev 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
To stray outside the word of God, when the truth is known. and you have entered into the covenant, is like committing adultery in your faith. Why? Because you did not trust in Christ enough to believe what was said, so you strayed and believed another instead.
Do you have to believe in exactly what YEC says to be saved? Nope. But your belief has to be supported by the word of God, and has to make you a friend of God and not the world. Besides, how can an idea accepted by most atheists, written by an atheist, make you closer to God?