There’s Your Problem

RE: NPR Story: Why Do So Many Have Trouble With Evolution?

Until the media or scientific world can understand the semantic problem inherent in the following question, we understandably won’t come to any consensus on this and many other contentious issues.

The evidence is clear, as in a February 2009 Gallup Poll, taken on the eve of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday, that reported only 39 percent of Americans say they “believe in the theory of evolution,” while a quarter say they do not believe in the theory, and another 36 percent don’t have an opinion either way.

Read on.

And holy shit. This is the last graf. How does this not edify the problem twice over?

Even though I’m not a believer, I wonder why those who are need to equate God with the hard work of designing people, bacteria, dinosaurs, or some 900,000 known species of insects. (Probably there are more than 10 million in total.) Surely there are better ways to find God or other paths toward spiritual meaning in life?

From context clues I see he means a believer in revealed religion. But on a semantic level, he could mean a believer in evolution which confounds the whole concept of science, don’t you think – i.e. believing in science // atheism as religion.

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