Sunday, January 5, 2014

The pro-evolution news website The Daily Beast declares "2013 Was a Terrible Year for Evolution". Meanwhile, global evangelicalism is G-R-O-W-I-N-G!

On January 2, 2013, a leading news website The Daily Beast, which is a liberal leaning pro-evolution website, declared that:

2013 Was a Terrible Year for Evolution

Never mind the increasing evidence—64 percent of white evangelical Protestants reject the science, and professors at Christian colleges are attacked if word gets out they teach it.
Evolution did not fare well in 2013. The year ended with the anti-evolution book Darwin’s Doubt as Amazon’s top seller in the “Paleontology” category.
Americans entered 2013 more opposed to evolution than they have been for years, with an amazing 46 percent embracing the notion that “God created humans pretty much in their present form at one time in the last 10,000 years or so.” This number was up a full 6 percent from the prior poll taken in 2010. According to a December 2013 Pew poll, among white evangelical Protestants, a demographic that includes many Republican members of Congress and governors, almost 64 percent reject the idea that humans have evolved.
Darwinists, this Question Evolution! Campaign blog predicted that 2013 would be the WORST year in the history of Darwinism and a leading pro-evolution news website echos that 2013 was a BAD year for Darwinism.

 A review of Darwin's Doubt: “It’s hard for us paleontologists to admit that neo-Darwinian explanations for the Cambrian explosion have failed miserably....Meyer describes the dimensions of the problem with clarity and precision. His book is a game changer.” (Dr. Mark Menamin, paleontologist at Mt. Holyoke College and coauthor of The Emergence of Animals)

Why is it hard for Darwinian paleontologists to admit they failed miserably to explain the Cambrian explosion? According to Darwinists, the the evolutionist scientific community goes where the evidence leads and evolutionary "science" is self-correcting! 

How is global biblical creation belief doing? 

In the summer of 2012, it was reported by Australia's Church Missionary Society that since 1989 Christianity’s has seen its most widespread growth ever and that evangelicalism is now a truly worldwide movement. See: Global Evangelicalism: 3 aspects of growth

In 2009, evangelicalism was growing fast in 40 countries. See: Evangelical growth. Generally speaking, evangelical Christians are much more likely to be biblical creationists.  Even in some secular countries like the Czech Republic evangelicalism was reported to be growing in 2009.  See: Evangelical growth   

Operation World declared that there were about 550 million evangelicals worldwide in 2010 and the World Christian Database said there were 700 million "Great Commission Christians". 

The Lausanne Movement declares concerning Operation World's (OW) estimate:
OW’s theologically-based estimate of 550 million evangelicals is significantly higher than the WCD’s structural estimate of 300 million. However, other categories of the WCD must be taken into consideration, namely, 600 million Pentecostal/Charismatics and 700 million Great Commission Christians, all of whom may overlap with the Evangelical total. OW’s total falls between the WCD’s estimates for Great Commission Christians and Evangelicals.
In 2012, French scholars said evangelicalism is likely the fastest growing religion in France.

The British scholar and agnostic Eric Kaufmann told a secular audience in Australia about the global resurgence of religion (particularly theologically conservative religion): "The trends that are happening worldwide inevitably in an age of globalization are going to affect us." 

Global atheism/agnosticism faces some very unfavorable long term trends

Global decline of atheism/agnosticism and the rise of Christianity

Other resources 

Question Evolution! Campaign

15 Questions for evolutionists

Responses to the 15 Questions: part 1 - Questions 1-3

Responses to the 15 Questions: part 2 - Questions 4–8

Responses to the 15 Questions: part 2 - Questions 9-15

Refuting evolution

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