White evangelical church-goers think their ‘science’ is better than the science those stupid scientists say is science

From Fred Clark at Patheos via my friend Michael Roberts.


Vegetarian tiger; tableau at Creation Museum, Kentucky

And how could it be otherwise? If biblical literalisn is true, and genuine science is true, then genuine science must be compatible with biblical literalism. Hence the Creationist alternative Universe, in which plate tectonics were driven by Noah’s flood, radioactive decay rates vary to fit biblical dating, lions were originally vegetarians, and every kind of fossil is a separate creation.

But these are scientific facts, so there is no conflict with science; only with “science falsely so called”, which we were warned against in 1 Timothy 6:20.

And millions of people in the world’s most scientifically advanced nation believe this. And believe that if you don’t believe it, you will go to Hell and serve you right. And if you want the Republican Presidential nomination, you better believe it.

Meantime the planet warms.

Peddling and Scaling God and Darwin

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About Paul Braterman

Science writer, former chemistry professor; committee member British Centre for Science Education; board member and science adviser Scottish Secular Society; former member editorial board, Origins of Life, and associate, NASA Astrobiology Insitute; first popsci book, From Stars to Stalagmites 2012

Posted on October 27, 2015, in Creationism, Evolution, Fossil record, Geology, Politics, Religion, Science and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I had a similar reaction to the report about the poll.
    That the poll allowed people to define what they thought that science had to say, and (so it seems) many people took that opportunity to say that science agreed with their own opinions. And therefore, obviously, there was no conflict with their opinions about religion and their opinions about the natural world.


    • Indeed, a survey is only as good as the questions it asks, and this survey, like so many others, seems to have been made up by people completely naive about the issues it is meant to illuminate.


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