A different 46%

Bill Nye warns: Creation views threaten US science

“[A] June Gallup poll found [that] 46 percent of Americans believe God created humans in their present form about 10,000 years ago.”

When I first saw this headline, I thought a different Nye was in question; I’m not familiar with this Bill Nye, and am not sure why anything he says is newsworthy.  Then again, I’m prone to find these statements newsworthy regardless of the source.

And I’m prone to look at the whole thing several different ways.

It seems to me everyone is free to believe whatever one likes.  I also find it hard to believe science can be “threatened” by anything, or needs any defense.  Nye must not understand much about religion if he wants parents to not pass their beliefs on to their children.

That’s a whole separate question from what is mandated to be taught or permitted in the public school classroom.

Then there is the matter of that frightening statistic.  I am clueless as to whom those folks will vote for, and strongly want to question the statistic itself.  Popular religion is, indeed, uneducated; and there is abundant evidence that a whopping majority of today’s Americans, especially those born since the “end of Christendom,” that is, the end of Christian cultural hegemony in the Western world in the 1960s, are woefully ignorant of Scripture.  Standing on a bus stop in the midst of torrential rain, I may quip about the forecast being for “forty days and forty nights,” but get only blank looks in response.

How such folk come to have an opinion about the question asked, is hard for me to imagine.

A different headline from this morning demonstrates well enough to me that evolution continues to occur:

New SARS-like virus detected in Middle East

If God is the author of Genesis, then what God meant by “like begets like” must not be quite the same as “creationists” believe.  I have no problem at all believing that the theory of evolution describes the processes by which God “created” the various species that exist — and those new species, as well, that constantly continue to appear.

Maybe what this 46% need is neither having their beliefs enacted into law, nor having their beliefs statutorily prohibited, but rather, merely, a decent Bible education.

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