An enlightening article from BBC News reveals that Britons are unconvinced about Evolution:
Over 2000 participants took part in the survey, and were asked what best described their view of the origin and development of life:
- 22% chose creationism
- 17% opted for intelligent design
- 48% selected evolution theory
- and the rest did not know.
When given a choice of three theories, people were asked which one or ones they would like to see taught in science lessons in British schools:
- 44% said creationism should be included
- 41% intelligent design
- 69% wanted evolution as part of the science curriculum.
Participants over 55 were less likely to choose evolution over other groups.
At least Evolution fares a bit better in the U.K. than here in the states. A poll last October found that only 40% of Americans accepted the theory as true and the majority of those folks felt God guided the process leaving only 13% that bought into the naturalistic explanation. What’s surprising is I can’t recall reading about the sort of contentious debates over teaching classes on Intelligent Design and/or Creationism in England that we get here. Of course there’s nothing really stopping that from happening if folks want it to there as there’s none of that pesky First Amendment business to deal with.