We often hear about the Republican/Conservative war on science. According to this article, "41 percent of Democrats are young Earth creationists". The only thing more alarming is that 58% of Republicans believe that God created human beings in their present form within the last 10,000 years. Just wow. Every time I start to have faith in the Wisdom of the Crowd, I read something like this which terrifies me. It's one of those things that makes me wonder how someone can actually believe this after a modicum of reason and education.
How are we going to advance as a species if we cannot educate ourselves about facts? I am a believer. For me belief stems from the ontological argument St. Thomas Aquinas put forth as the Prime Mover theory. That is, how could all this have come to be?
Which is more fantastic:
1. First there was nothing, then nothing became everything compressed into a tiny tiny ball which then exploded and somehow organized itself into what we have today.
2. Some all powerful being created everything out of nothing or whatever preceded what exists today.
Frankly, I have no idea. Perhaps I'm as crazy as the people who believe the story of the creation as told in the Bible is a literal story. How they explain things like carbon dating, fossils, dinosaurs, the ever expanding universe and so on are unknown to me. Frankly they'll probably just fall back on "God can do anything so he put these things there to test our faith". A nice trick which gets you out of any hole you're in. Sort of like Homer Simpson when he kept saying things like "God if it is your will that I should not eat this donut, stop me now" and then ate the donut when nothing happened. Very easy to blame The Almighty when you frame it that way.
I'm not sure what my point is, or if I even have one. Just that I am continually amazed at what some people believe and at the same time cannot always adequately explain why my own position seems rational to me when it may well not be.Posted by Duffy at January 23, 2013 12:22 PM | TrackBack