[ASC-list] "We're a nation of creationists"

Marina Hurley info at writingclearscience.com.au
Fri Apr 1 06:41:54 UTC 2011


Re: "We're a nation of creationists"

I find the title of this article a bit confusing. I guess I would have to
read the article in full, but I cant understand the how 31% means that "We're
a nation of creationists"

The figures quoted are  - "Overall, 31% of Australian adults are
creationists, 27% believe in theistic evolution while most of the remaining
42% of Australian adults believe in natural evolution without any divine
involvement." If you add together those that 'believe' in evolution, that is
69%. Is the definition of creationist just those 31% or is it including the
"almost 60% of Australian adults believe that God or a supernatural being
was behind the universe and all life".

my regards

Marina




On 1 April 2011 12:32, Marina Hurley <info at writingclearscience.com.au>wrote:

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> For Immediate Release
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> *We're a Nation of Creationists*
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> Most Australians reject Darwinian evolution, believing instead in divine
> creation or evolution directed by God, according to a survey completed at
> the University of Newcastle by Dr David Wilson and published today in the
> April 2011 edition of *Australasian Science*.
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> Dr Wilson, who is now Head of the Surveillance and Evaluation Program for
> Public Health at the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical
> Research, University of NSW, surveyed 4300 subjects and cross-referenced his
> results with the most recent Australian Census.
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> Of almost 20 million Australians at the time of the 2006 Census, Wilson
> calculated that 5.3 million adults in Australia believe in the Biblical
> account of creation while 4.7 million Australian adults believe in “theistic
> evolution”, evolution directed by God.
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> Overall, 31% of Australian adults are creationists, 27% believe in theistic
> evolution while most of the remaining 42% of Australian adults believe in
> natural evolution without any divine involvement.
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> “Australian society is traditionally Christian but has become increasingly
> secular,” Dr Wilson writes. “Furthermore, teaching of the Big Bang and
> evolutionary science has become widely accepted in our school systems.
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> “It could therefore be considered surprising that almost 60% of Australian
> adults believe that God or a supernatural being was behind the universe and
> all life, and the majority of these people do not accept the
> well-established theory of evolution but believe that God brought about this
> universe and life, fully developed and similar to how we see it today, out
> of nothing.”
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> Dr Wilson believes that while belief in creationism will eventually decline
> over time, it will remain significant in Australia. “Older people are more
> likely to believe in creationism, with 85% of Christians aged over 60 years
> believing in creationism compared with 60–65% of Christians in Australia
> aged less than 40 years,” Dr Wilson writes.
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> “However, with this high prevalence of creationist belief among young
> adults, even in a society tending more towards secularism, widespread belief
> in creationism will remain in Australia for a considerable time.”
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> Subject: [ASC-media] Story Opportunities from Australasian Science, April
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> *A Nation of Creationists*
> A survey of beliefs in the origin of life and the universe has found that
> the majority of Australians believe in creationism and evolution directed by
> God.
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Writing Clear Science
P.O. Box 2373
Richmond South
Victoria 3121
Australia
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