Monday, April 30, 2007

Political and religious leaders give Creation theory a thumbs down

Transcript of today's show:

A recent BBC survey of 1,000 public figures revealed that the majority do not believe in the Bible’s story of Creation. Those polled include religious leaders, leading politicians, newspaper editors, scientists and teachers. Of the 103 church leaders who took part in the survey, only three said they believed in the literal version of the Creation, in which God created the world in six days. [source: BBC]

Listen to the 1-minute broadcast of this story [mp3]

Sound Off: Science & Faith. Our point/counterpoint regulars Shelley (the voice of science) and Peter (the voice of faith), comment on the story.

The Voice of Science: Shelley Greene, Ph.D., comments:
This poll would seem to contradict an earlier BBC poll that stated a majority of Britains do not believe that evolution is the sole explanation for how we all got here. As I recall, this group of Brits were of moderate education and economic status. So it’s interesting to look at the dramatic 97% rejection of Creation theory by this group of higher educated professionals who hold top positions in their fields. I naturally wonder if education, life experience, and professional responsibility has any bearing on how deeply one considers questions such as the validity of the Biblical Creation story and the veracity of scientific evidence.

The Voice of Faith: Peter Williamson, M.Div., comments:
Studies such as this one are indeed very convenient for science, who most certainly consider it another ‘proof’, a vindication of their flawless grasp of truth. What do you say, however, to the carefully documented fact that more than half of those who live in civilized countries believe they did not descend from apes? These figures are indeed an ‘inconvenient truth’ for evolutionary scientists.