46% Of American College Graduates Think God Created Humans within the Past 10,000 Years

Isn’t that absurd? But it’s true. Here’s Katha Pollit mulling the implications:

Rejecting evolution expresses more than an inability to think critically; it relies on a fundamentally paranoid worldview. Think what the world would have to be like for evolution to be false. Almost every scientist on earth would have to be engaged in a fraud so complex and extensive it involved every field from archaeology, paleontology, geology and genetics to biology, chemistry and physics. And yet this massive concatenation of lies and delusion is so full of obvious holes that a pastor with a Bible-college degree or a homeschooling parent with no degree at all can see right through it.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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6 Responses to 46% Of American College Graduates Think God Created Humans within the Past 10,000 Years

  1. andrewclunn says:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/26/young-adults-losing-faith-americans-under-30-doubt-god-exists_n_1627333.html

    As somebody who lost may faith directly after college, nothing makes one confront reality like living in the real world.

  2. colinhutton says:

    “ …… pastor with a Bible-college degree or a homeschooling parent with no degree at all can see right through it”

    But she overlooked something important. They do so with god’s help!

  3. J. A. Le Fevre says:

    But a tempest in a teapot! As self-important as we, the rational believers-in-all-things-science, may be, the real message here is just how little relevance evolution really has to everyday life. Our highly evolved free-will is far more significant to our daily activities than understanding how we came to be here in the first place, and there are many noted scientists who cannot accept the rather obvious fact of decision making.

  4. Paradigm says:

    I find it hard to feel upset about this. Intellectuals believed in Freud and his followers when they pushed their weird ideas based on clinical experience instead of science. Right until the 1980s they would for instance claim that autism is created by cold-hearted parents. Then behavior genetics researchers proved them wrong. If that had not happened they would still be on about it today. To this day there are loads of academics who treat freudians and their crackpot ideas with respect while being upset about creationists. I guess everyone likes their own idiocy.

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