Look what we found at the website of Pat Robertson’s Christian News Network: Even Atheists, Agnostics, Nonreligious Americans See Evidence for Creator. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Nearly half of atheists, agnostics, and those with no religious preference in the U.S. see evidence in the universe for a creator, according to just-released polling data from a major research organization.
Who is that “major research organization”? We’re told:
LifeWay Research is a Nashville-based polling group that frequently surveys Americans on matters of faith and culture.
We’ve learned that when dealing with creationists, it’s always wise to check their sources. Here’s the website of LifeWay Research. Their “About” page says:
LifeWay Research assists and equips church leaders with insight and advice that will lead to greater levels of church health and effectiveness. Frequent surveys on today’s church and culture demonstrate our knowledge of the dynamics of ministry today and our understanding of the realities of the culture we live in.
And so, dear reader, you can be absolutely confident that the results of their survey are entirely objective and unbiased. Okay, back to the Christian News Network story:
The group’s latest report, “American Views on Reasons to Believe in a Creator”, shows surprising insights on the number of people who believe in a creator.
We looked at that “report.” It gives the results, but we didn’t see anything about their methodology, which is always described in the polling results we see from better-known outfits. Let’s read on, to see what the poll results were:
According to the study, 72% of all Americans think that because the universe has organization, there is a creator who designed it. Over half of participants — 52% — strongly agreed with that statement, while only 11% strongly disagreed.
Observe that they didn’t ask whether the universe has “organization” (whatever that’s supposed to mean). Their question simply assumes that “the universe has organization.” We continue:
The organization of the universe is not the only evidence that points to a creator, many respondents said. Overall, two-thirds of Americans agree with the statement, “Since people have morality, I think there is a creator who defines morality.”
Very logical. Here’s more:
Furthermore, 79% of those surveyed said the very fact that humans exist means someone created us. A relatively small minority, 16%, disagreed with that conclusion.
How could it be otherwise? Moving along:
The fact that so many Americans, including nonreligious people, see evidence for a creator is remarkable, said Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research. … [Stetzer said:] “The large number of nonreligious people agreeing with some of these arguments points us to a surprising openness to classic apologetic arguments. Or, put another way, even nonreligious people are open to the idea there is a creator.”
That’s enough. Maybe you, dear reader, can study this poll and figure out what’s going on here. But if we accept these findings as accurate, then the future of creationism looks bright. Perhaps your Curmudgeon should consider going into the creationism business. If you think we should, send us all your money.
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