Poll reveals public doubts over Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution
“More than half of the public believe that the theory of evolution cannot explain the full complexity of life on Earth, and a “designer” must have lent a hand, the findings suggest. And one in three believe that God created the world within the past 10,000 years.”
The poll was taken in advance of the celebrations planned to honor Darwin’s 200th birthday. The response from super-Atheist Richard Dawkins was predictable. Apparently, he is right and half of Britain is wrong. “Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist and author of The God Delusion, said the findings revealed a worrying level of scientific ignorance among Britons.”
“In the survey, 51 per cent of those questioned agreed with the statement that “evolution alone is not enough to explain the complex structures of some living things, so the intervention of a designer is needed at key stages” while 40% disagreed, while the remainder stated they didn’t know.”
God planned it thus. He said in Romans 1:20 that “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” The verse just prior says that ‘God has made it plain to them.’
This is indeed good news that people notice His hand in the creation all around us, however it should not stop there. It is a long jump from acknowledging a remote Creator who made a complex world, and recognizing our individual sin that is keeping us from a personal relationship with Him. That half of the UK seems not to have closed the door to their Creator is monumental, but the path is narrow and those who that acknowledge Creation is designed need to put one spiritual foot in front of the other and connect sin with their need for salvation through Jesus’ forgiveness. It is the very important next step.
In the article, Dawkins railed at the results. “Prof Dawkins expressed dismay at the findings of the ComRes survey, of 2,060 adults, which he claimed were confirmation that much of the population is “pig-ignorant” about science.” Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, accused Dawkins of evolving into a “very simple kind of thinker”.
These debates are all well and good but let them not keep the lost from pondering further on His majesty in relations to our wretchedness. If you would like an example of a very advanced thinker who concluded after many years of searching that Jesus and the Bible are the only truth, watch this testimony for a blessing. Stick with it, it builds. And I remind us one final time: His creation shows us plainly that we are without excuse.