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Who Believes in Evolution? 2004-11-23

Posted by clype in Intolerance, Science, Statistics.
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Many ‘Fundamentalist Christians’ and ‘ultra-orthodox Jews’ take alarm at the thought that human descent from earlier primates contradicts a strict reading of the ‘Book of Genesis’ — the first book of ‘The Bible’s New Testament’.


Their discomfort is paralleled by Islamic creationists such as Harun Yahya, author of a recent volume titled ‘The Evolution Deceit’, who points to the six-day creation story in the “Koran” as literal truth and calls the ‘Theory of Evolution’

‘Nothing but a deception imposed on us by the dominators of the world system’.

[Picture of srila prabhupada]
The late Srila Prabhupada, of the “Hare Krishna” movement, explained that God created ‘the 8 400 000 species of life from the very beginning’, in order to establish multiple tiers of re-incarnation for rising souls.

Although souls ascend, the species themselves don’t change, he insisted, dismissing ‘Darwin’s nonsensical theory’.

Other people too, not just scriptural literalists, remain unconvinced about “Evolution”.

According to a Gallup poll drawn from more than a thousand telephone interviews conducted in February 2001, no less than 45 per cent of responding US American adults agreed that:

God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10_000 years or so’.

‘Evolution’, by their lights, played no role in shaping us.

Only 37 per cent of the polled US Americans were satisfied with allowing room for both God and Darwin — that is, divine initiative to get things started, evolution as the creative means. (This view, according to more than one Papal pronouncement, is compatible with ‘Roman Catholic Christian’ Dogma.)

Still fewer US Americans, only 12 per cent, believed that humans evolved from other life-forms without any involvement of a god.

The most startling thing about these poll numbers is not that so many US Americans reject evolution, but that the statistical breakdown hasn’t changed much in two decades.

Gallup interviewers posed exactly the same choices in 1982, 1993, 1997, and 1999. The creationist conviction — that God alone, and not evolution, produced humans — has never drawn less than 44 per cent.

In other words, nearly half the US American populace prefers to believe that Charles Darwin was wrong where it mattered most.

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