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Monday, October 12, 2015

Nonreligious Reject Random Unaided Evolution

It seems that despite decades of school indoctrination, even a significant number of non-religious people reject random unaided evolution.

Turns out 46% of non-religious people agree with the statement "Since the universe has organization, I think there is a creator who designed it." 40% disagreed and 14% were unsure.

When asked about a second statement, "The fact that we exist means someone created us," was agreed to by 43% of non-religious people while 48% disagreed and 9% were unsure.

These results were based on a survey of 1,000 people by LifeWay Research.

The New Atheist evangelicals like Richard Dawkins must be weeping and gnashing their teeth. They've managed to exercise God from the schools and falsely discount the science of intelligent design as relabeled creationism. Yet with complete control of the school systems they can't even get 50% of the Nones to believe their random unaided evolution doctrine.

That must be why they don't want to debate intelligent design. Even without the debate, they can't win the argument.

I think humans are presupposed to believe in a creator, even when they are not religious.

I have more than a passing interest in the debate between evolution an intelligent design. Here in conservative Utah an attempt by a conservative legislator to introduce intelligent design in the schools was shot down by the public school cardinalate. If you couldn't discuss the arguments for a Designer here, than where?

Around the same time I watched the 1960's movie Inherit the Wind, the courtroom drama based on the Scopes Monkey Trial where a teacher was prosecuted for teaching evolution to students in the 1920s. I thought, the world has turned 180 degrees. In the 21st Century a teacher could get in trouble for teaching Intelligent Design. I realized you could redo the original play section by section with basically the same characters and tell a challenging and compelling story of Intelligent Design on trial.

It sounded like a fun project, so that is what I did. I wrote a new play called Inherit the Wind: Overturned by Design (see link at upper right). This time, instead of basing the over-the-hill politician turned prosecutor on William Jennings Bryant, he looks a lot like Al Gore. Instead of Clarence Darrow, the feisty defense attorney is based on Ann Coulter. It's conservatives debating liberals, intelligent design vs evolution. It shares the message that intelligent design should be taken seriously, and not dismissed without any debate. 

My goal is to see this play produced to help advance the intelligent design argument. Any leads would be greatly appreciated.

The play is available for Nook, iBook on iTunes, or Amazon.

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