The Worldnutdaily has another adverticle (that’s my new name for an advertisement not-so-cleverly disguised as an actual news article), this one for a creationist book that they’re selling. And they use the latest poll on American acceptance of evolution to make an entirely illogical point to use as a hook for the story.
Proponents of atheistic evolution have been hit with some bad news lately, which has one leading author proclaiming 2012 may be a tough year for Charles Darwin’s theory of human origins…
Last week, for example, the Gallup polling organization released a survey indicating that the percentage of young-earth creationists in the United States has not only increased in the last two years, but also remains the most common explanation for human origins believed by Americans.
The article states, “Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years. The prevalence of this creationist view of the origin of humans is essentially unchanged from 30 years ago, when Gallup first asked the question.”
The Gallup article and survey went on to show that even though these figures have remained virtually the same for about 30 years, there has actually been a slight up-tick in the number of U.S. citizens who believe in a young-earth creationism account of human origins.
“Although the percentages choosing each view have varied from survey to survey,” Gallup explained, “the 46 percent who today choose the creationist explanation is virtually the same as the 45 percent average over that period – and very similar to the 44 percent who chose that explanation in 1982.”
Okay, so the poll is absolutely routine and is pretty much exactly the same as it has been for the past 30 years. But this somehow makes it uniquely bad right now. Or something.
Carl Gallups, author of “The Magic Man in the Sky: Effectively Defending the Christian Faith,” says the trend is not surprising
“The more that real science – science that is truly observable, demonstrable, repeatable, and falsifiable is set forth with modern technological means and experimentation, the more evolution proposition is found ‘wanting,’” Gallups told WND. “People are just not buying the dribble of much of the pseudoscience of evolution that is attempted by the academic community to be passed off as absolute, settled science. Many foundational matters of evolution proposition simply do not meet the definition of ‘settled science.’ I think most people are intelligent enough to figure this out.”
Gallups continued, “Look, we have come a long way since Darwin’s day. After all, Darwin traveled everywhere in buggies pulled by horses and ships powered only by sails. Technology has gone through the roof since the days of the HMS Beagle. With what we are now discovering in DNA/RNA experimentation and our understanding of chirality and cellular respiration, for example, we are finding more and more evidence for the amazing complexities of life. We also are understanding the decreasing statistical chances that all 20 million species of life, and their subsystems and sub-subsystems, and the necessity for their interconnectedness, could have arrived here by an accidental and random beginning in some magical, unobserved, never-recreated soup – as the evolutionists would have us to believe.”
Oh look, it’s a litany of creationist cliches! Life is really complex. Who would ever have thought of that? How terribly clever. I especially like this claim:
When asked why he believes that so many people are still skeptical of evolution theory and the atheist movement that has attached itself to the theory as their foundational belief system, Gallups responded, “I think it is because evolution has been weighed by true science and true facts, and it simply is deeply lacking in hard evidence. I am speaking of the kind of evidence that is foundational to evolution proposition.”
Wanna bet? If you took that 46% of Americans who think humans were created by God in the last 10,000 years and gave them, say, the AP test on biology, I would bet that less than 5% of them could pass the test. I doubt that even 5% of them could identify a single hominid fossil or define even the most basic concepts in evolutionary theory. They don’t reject evolution because they’ve weighed the science; they reject evolution because they are utterly ignorant of it.