Friday, July 20, 2007

By God or by chance?

Found this article interesting, but a bit confusing at the same time.

The good news is that it appears that secularists in Canada are far less hostile towards those who believe that God had something to do with the origins of life.

Here in the U.S., the story is just the opposite. The secularist evolution-only adherents are ALWAYS hostile to those of faith who either believe in Creation or Intelligent Design as the alternative to Darwin's theory of evolution.

Here are some excerpts from the article:

A recent Canadian Press-Decima Research Poll shows Canadians are divided on the role God played - or did not play - in the creation of humans.

But that does not mean the intelligent design controversy raging in the United States will come to Canada.

According to the poll, 26 per cent of Canadians believe "that God created human beings pretty much in their present form within the last 10,000 years or so."

However, 34 per cent said, "human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided the process." Another 29 per cent say God "played no part."

"These results reflect an essential Canadian tendency: we are pretty secular but pretty hesitant to embrace atheism," said Decima CEO Bruce Anderson whose firm released the poll results July 3.

Science journalist Denyse O'Leary, an expert on the intelligent design controversy, agrees the issues have not become politicized the way they have in the United States. "Canada is a much more secular country."

American polling figures on similar questions show 20 per cent more Americans than Canadians believe "God created man in his present form within the last 10,000 years or so," said O'Leary, a Catholic who is author of By Design or By Chance: the Growing Controversy on the Origins of Life in the Universe.

The last sentence, however, causes a bit of confusion. Perhaps the people who answered the poll reject the God of the Bible and thus could not put faith into the young earth Creation position. I base my assumption on this sentence:

She is more interested in the 29 per cent of Canadians who answered "that God had no part in the creation or development of human beings." In Quebec, that figure rises to 40 per cent; among Bloc Quebecois supporters it shoots up to 51 per cent.

So, rejection of the God of the Bible seems to range from 29 per cent all the way up to 51 per cent? Now that's certainly interesting, too. Anyone from Canada reading this blog? Perhaps you could shed some light on why particular areas of Canada are more prone towards atheistic-type secularism (or, more likely "God of the Bible" rejecting) than others.

I also think that it might have been more helpful to see all of the poll questions.

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