Monday, 15 September 2008

'Creationism Once Again'

Creationism, I’ve noticed is receiving a grate deal of publicity in the popular press recently and I touched on it in my last post.
Creationism is the religious belief that humanity, life, the Earth, and the universe were created in their original form by a deity (often the Abrahamic God of Judaism, Christianity and Islam) or deities, whose existence is presupposed and in relation to the creation-evolution controversy the term creationism (or strict creationism) is commonly used to refer to religiously-motivated rejection of evolution.
US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin says creationism should be taught in schools, alongside that of evolutionary theory, has raised few eyebrows in the US. An estimated 47% of Americans reject outright Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, accepting instead the Bible's account of the creation of the universe - as laid out in the first chapter of Genesis.
Leading British scientist and author Dr Richard Dawkins has warned of creationist "brainwashing" in the UK - spurred on by an unwillingness of the authorities to offend religious sensibilities. His creationist adversaries say their ideas are beginning to gain wider acceptance within these shores as dissatisfaction grows with "materialist" evolutionary explanations of how life began. I don’t know what it is with some people who believe that the world is subject to supernatural forces and events and phenomena are the will of god? Every major step forward in science has been taken by individuals: Ernest Rutherford discovered the basic structure of the atom, Albert Einstein pioneered quantum mechanics and invented relativity, Edwin Hubble showed how the universe is expanding, Marie Curie was the great pioneer of radioactivity, and the crystallographer Dorothy Hodgkin discovered the structure of penicillin and other vital compounds...... I rest my case!

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