41 Percent of UK Don’t Think God Made the Universe (Highest Ever)

Posted on May 11, 2012

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A press release reaches us from Premier Christian Radio with the headline

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“UK’s belief that God created the Universe at an all-time low”. It reports the findings of a study conducted by ComRes for PCR (2054 were polled online across the UK in April), ahead of the conference , called “Unbelievable 2012”,  PCR are holding in London on May 26 at which “academics and scientists” from the US and UK will be arguing that contemporary cosmology indicates that God created the world.

The headline findings of the survey are that only 26% believe that God created the world, 41% said they didn’t believe this and 23% didn’t know or didn’t want to say. In what the press release describes as a “strange twist” fully 25% of those who identified as “Christian” did not believe that God was the cause of the Universe.

So, why would a Christian outfit be trumpeting numbers which show that the idea of a God-created universe is is decline, even amongst their own gang? It’s a canny ploy actually, allowing them to make the case that their conference is important – a chance to hear the “very best” scientifically grounded arguments for God. As the presenter and conference host Justin Brierly says in the release: “I believe that modern science is increasing the amount of evidence for God. But it appears that certain atheistic voices have the ear of the British public. It’s a disturbing trend and we need to redress the balance.” Aha! So it’s Dawkins wot dun it, and here’s us thinking that the decline of the believe in a God-created Universe has come about as a result of the rise of scientific literacy, the decline of respect for religious doctrines which are unsupported by evidence, and the general common sense of the public. Silly us.

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