Jennifer Gold reports for Christian Today (November 24, 2008) that
The results of a new poll out today by faith-based think tank Theos have revealed that eight in 10 people in Britain are unaware that 2009 marks two major Charles Darwin anniversaries.
Across the country, special events and celebrations are being planned for next year to mark the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth on 12 February and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species on 24 November.
Yet the results of the ComRes poll out today reveal that only 21 per cent of the population are aware of the two anniversaries.
The publication of the results coincides with the unveiling of a programme of major events and publications by Theos and the Faraday Institute on Science and Religion “to ‘rescue’ Darwin from the crossfire of a philosophical battle in which he had little personal interest”.
The programme includes a high profile debate on 12 May in Westminster Abbey – the resting place of the naturalist – to be chaired by the BBC’s John Humphrys. Panellists including Lord Robert Winston, Professor Steve Jones, Dr Denis Alexander, and Professor Nancy Rothwell will exchange their thoughts on the compatibility of belief in God and Darwinian evolution.
Wow. When you ponder losing your job or your house or your pension, the first thing you simply must do is run out to a debate on “the compatibility of belief in God and Darwinian evolution.”
Like, “Why God thinks you are toast, but that’s completely okay with Him …”?
If anyone in Britain can keep these people from getting any more public or philanthropic funds, please do it.
People need hope. They need to know – what is abundantly true – that the universe shows massive evidence of intelligent design. There is a way for you – and it will work.
But these people don’t know it. They are using up valuable resources fronting ideas that do not work