Brits and creationism

This is a slightly scary result if the figures are to be believed. In this article, the British public show an alarmingly high level of support for creationism.

Over 2,000 participants took part in the survey, and were asked what best described their view of the origin and development of life:

* 22% chose creationism
* 17% opted for intelligent design
* 48% selected evolution theory
* and the rest did not know.

It would be interesting to see the question that was asked. Evolution theory does not attempt to describe the origin of life, it simply explains how life developed since it’s appearance.

It is worrying though that 39% of Britons surveyed thought that the world was created by God.

In the same survey, 40% believed that creationism should be taught in school science lessons. This is perhaps the more worrying result. How they could think creationism belongs in science I don’t know. I would be interested to see how many people would also agree to have astrology, homeopathy and dowsing added to science lessons.

Ultimately, I think these results reflect a quick poll. If you sit down and explain exactly what creationism is and why it’s not science, people would make the right choice.


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