America: Getting Dumber

PRINCETON, NJ — 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. About a third of Americans believe that humans evolved, but with God’s guidance; 15% say humans evolved, but that God had no part in the process.

Read the rest of the depressing stats: In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins.

NOT an Onion Headline: Evangelicals Admit Adam and Eve May Not Have Existed

This just in from NPR:

And Venema is part of a growing cadre of Christian scholars who say they want their faith to come into the 21st century. Another one is John Schneider, who taught theology at Calvin College in Michigan until recently. He says it’s time to face facts: There was no historical Adam and Eve, no serpent, no apple, no fall that toppled man from a state of innocence.

“Evolution makes it pretty clear that in nature, and in the moral experience of human beings, there never was any such paradise to be lost,” Schneider says. “So Christians, I think, have a challenge, have a job on their hands to reformulate some of their tradition about human beginnings.”

Micharah Bachlin and Evolution

At MinnPost, scientist and humanist Shawn Otto writes about the far-reaching consequences of an evolution-denier like Micharah Bachlin* running for president.  He writes that many creationists, like Bachlin, agree with “natural selection,” but deny the broader concept of evolution.  But in do this, they’re mistaken:

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Surprised by Kirk Cameron

Someone sent me the link to the video below yesterday, simply saying that Anderson Cooper had interviewed Kirk Cameron about the mass-bird-and-fish-die-off in Arkansas, asking him whether it is a sign of the apocalypse.  I braced myself, expecting the actor who has publicly campaigned against evolution, assuming that he would say something as similarly idiotic as his assertion that the existence of bananas and the lack of existence of “crocoducks” are proof of creationism.

But, no, that’s not what happened.  Instead, Cameron seems downright baffled that Cooper is asking him about the birds based on his role in the Left Behind movies (it does make one wonder why Cameron accepted the interview request).  It’s Cooper who looks a bit foolish for inviting on a guest to talk about apocalypse who basically says that he knows nothing about it.

Cameron goes back to the well in the last minute of the interview to talk about how American is like a sinking ship, etc., but I’ll forgive him that for now and instead commend him for not using the bird-kill to make theologically preposterous claims about the end of the world.  If one listens closely to the interview, it even seems that Cameron is distancing himself from the theology of the Left Behind books and movies…