Re: David Livingstone's take on geology and creation

From: George Murphy (
Date: Thu Jan 30 2003 - 17:44:48 EST

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    Glenn Morton wrote:
    > Michael wrote:
    > >Glenn always remeber that YECs make more noise than others and are
    > noticeable because of their absurdity so we always think there are more than
    > there are.
    > >Even Mortenson agrees with me that YEC were a minority in the early 19Cent
    > and declined by 1855.
    > I have absolutely no doubt that the visible publishing people were not YEC.
    > Indeed, I would go so far as to say that it was rare for a YEC to get
    > published unless he published it. But like the church today, most clergyin
    > the US aren't YEC, yet a large chunk of their parishoners are. Otherwise
    > how does one explain the polls in the US where nearly 50% of the people
    > think man was created in his present form within the past 10,000 years? .....................................
    Glenn -
            You're right about popular American notions concerning the dating of human
    origins. I think it's worth noting though that that's not just a religious view. It
    should be seen as part of the general climate of scientific illiteracy - as shown, e.g.
    in a recent NSF study. E.g., only a bit more than half (54%) of Americans know that the
    earth goes around the sun once a year & fewer than that (48%) know that humans &
    dinosaurs weren't contemporaries (which of course is closely related to your point).
    Significant numbers believe in astrology & think that genes are found only in
    genetically modified organisms.

    George L. Murphy

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