Posted by: the watchmen | March 3, 2009

Ulster folk believe in Creationism.

Tuesday, 3rd March 2009
Ulster folk believe in Creationism.

A SURVEY has found Northern Ireland to have the highest level of support in the UK for beliefs that the world is less than 10,000 years old.

The information came from a report entitled Rescuing Darwin from polling agency ComRes and think-tank Theos. Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, the report aimed to reclaim Darwin’s research back from atheists.ADVERTISEMENT

The poll found that 42 per cent of those surveyed in Northern Ireland believed that God had probably or definitely created the world within the past 10,000 years, known as young earth creationism (YEC). The next most popular location for YEC was London with 39 per cent, the East Midlands with 37 per cent and Yorks and Humber and Scotland, both with 36 per cent.

QUB Emeritus Professor of Medical Genetics, Norman Nevin, said many scientists across the world could not be open about beliefs which run contrary to evolution.

“There are not just a small minority of scientists who believe in creationism or intelligent design,” he said.

“The problem is that if they declare their hand they are likely to be sacked. This is what happens regularly in the US.”

Prof Nevin said that evolution depended on the idea that mutations in genes created beneficial effects for animals.

“But I have spent much of my life working with patients who are suffering from such mutations,” he said.

“The vast majority of mutations are harmful, some are neutral and those which are considered beneficial do not prove that one species can evolve into another.

“We live in a finely tuned universe and we are not just the random consequences of a big bang.”

He said that debating the age of the earth was “a sterile argument” and that Darwin’s idea that all life came from a common ancestral tree had recently been disowned by the New Scientist magazine, with a front page cover titled Darwin was wrong.

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Responses

  1. Thank you for this information, it is good to see that there are rational people in Ireland. I need to visit someday.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Over a quarter seems the average int he UK overall. 36 Percent isn’t too bad, considering how the idea of God and Christianity are endlessly pounded these days.

    Perhaps the Secularism isn’t as widespread as we are lead to beleive by the media.


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