Belief in Creationism Grows in UK

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CBNNews.com  - A new public opinion poll reveals that belief in creationism is widespread throughout Britain.

The London Telegraph reports that more than half of the British public believes Charles Darwin's theory of evolution cannot fully explain life on earth.

According to the survey:

Fifty-one percent agree that evolution is not enough to explain the complex structures of living things and that a designer's hand would be needed at key stages.

Thirty-two percent say they believe God created the world in the past 10,000 years.

Paul Woolley, the director of Theos, a UK research group, said Darwin is being used by atheists to promote their cause, though most people aren't buying it.

"The result is that, given the false choice of evolution or God, people are rejecting evolution," he said.

However, well-known atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins called the poll findings scientific "pig-norance" among Britons.

"Obviously life, which was Darwin's own subject, is not the result of chance," he said. "Any fool can see that. Natural selection is the very antithesis of chance."

Creationism in School

A growing number of Creationists in the United Kingdom are fighting to allow such belief in the divine to be taught in schools.

According to a 2008 London Telegraph report, 36 percent of teachers quizzed said they believed a divine hand played a role in the creation of humanity, while 28 percent said it should be raised in lessons.

Prof Michael Reiss, Church of England Minister and former director of education at the Royal Society, said about one in ten children are raised in families that support a creationist view rather than an evolution.

Reiss was forced to resign as the Royal Society's director of education after suggesting that creationism should be discussed in lessons as "a world view" alongside scientific theories.

"My experience after having tried to teach biology for 20 years is if one simply gives the impression that such children are wrong, then they are not likely to learn much about the science," he said.

The London Telegraph poll findings were based on roughly 3,000 adults.

Sources: The London Telegraph, Guardian News and Media

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