August 28, 2006

Pope considering creationism

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at August 28, 2006 6:26 PM

Via Dynamics of Cats, the Guardian reports that Pope Benedict is apparently preparing to give official support to creationism in the form of Intelligent Design. Of course this is not exactly the first time the Catholic church has taken an adversarial stance towards science, but it's a big step backward since John Paul II had effectively accepted evolution. As I've noted before, the current pope approves of the way the church treated Galileo, so this development probably shouldn't be too surprising.

This will make it that much harder to teach evolution in countries where the Catholic church is influential. (In case you missed it, there was disturbing survey data a few weeks ago showing the support for creationism across developed countries, with the U.S. being particularly bad.)

Tags: Catholicism, Creationism

I hadn't seen that data before, although the numbers for the US seem similar (and obviously still distressing!) to the numbers I vaguely remember seeing last year.

The "we are so screwed" comment on in the link pretty much sums it up, although that dat gives me yet another reason I should move to Denmark. The Danes seem to be much more sensible than we are in so many ways.

Posted by: Mason | August 29, 2006 12:51 AM

i agree with mason "we are so screwed"
to bad the chart does no include canada it would be intresting to see if our northern nieghbors were more sensable

Posted by: shellock | August 29, 2006 5:10 AM

I do like the idea of this further alienating catholics with sense from the church, though.

Posted by: Josh | August 29, 2006 1:25 PM

Shellock, regarding Canada: This isn't exactly the same thing, but some of my co-workers were looking survey results regarding frequency of church attendance in the U.S. vs. Canada a couple weeks ago. (Unfortunately, I don't have the link.) The survey polled people in the U.S. and Canada with the question, "Do you regularly attend church?" I don't remember the exact numbers, but there was about a significant difference between the U.S. (~40%) and Canada (~30%).

This survey wanted to account for people who were pretending to be regular churchgoers, so it included figures on the "actual" number of people who attended church regularly based on sociology numbers or whatnot. These predicted numbers were closer to 30% vs. 20%--still a definite gap.

Sorry that I'm going on just memory here. I might have the details wrong, but this was the idea.

If we say that belief in creationism is proportional to rabid church attendance, Canada's doing better than us.

Posted by: Jolene | August 30, 2006 10:43 AM
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