Conflict & Justice

Creationism in Britain

This is a play with actors portraying hosts and guests and one guest is Charles Darwin, brought to present day. The play was staged a few weeks ago at a national science festival, but what's surprising is that it was written in support of intelligent design, an idea that strikes at the heart of evolution because it says the complexity of evolution must've had some guiding hand behind it. the play has upset many Darwinists. There are some who see creationism creeping into the consciousness of more and more people here. this analyst says secular society is worried. One poll in 2006 suggests 39% of the British public believes in creationism or intelligent design. Those on the other side of the debate agree something has shifted. He's the curator of Britain's first and only museum dedicated to debunking evolution and promoting creationism. He believes the earth has created for only 10,000 years. the real battle is happening in the classroom: a recent study revealed there were as many as 40 schools were creationism was being taught in science classes. This analyst believes change is overdue and that there should be open discussions so things can move forward. But it's clear this is still a very touchy topic, and prominent national politicians have lost jobs over a flurry of angry debate just a month ago. This English church representative suggested teachers should be open to discussing creationism during science lessons if a student raises a question about it. According to the English politician it's a matter of treating their opinions with respect, and then his resignation was demanded. This analyst sees it all as part of a growing problem. Lost in all the talking has been a quiet move by the Church of England to reconcile with Charles Darwin, 150 years after vilifying him.

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