This week’s buzz features Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, John Oliver, Stephen Hawking, N.T. Wright, and the new Gallup poll on evolution.
In this documentary, science evangelists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss preach their message throughout the world.
Even though the film debuted last year, it’s only now available on iTunes and Amazon. I’ll post a review next week.
John Oliver Interviews Stephen Hawking
John Oliver just interviewed Stephen Hawking on Last Week Tonight.
Jonathan Merritt interviewed the theologian on his new book, Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issues. Merritt asked Wright to summarize his view of the historical Adam:
The way I see it is that there were many hominids or similar creatures, part of the long slow process of God’s good creation. And at a particular time God called a particular pair for a particular task: to look after his creation and make it flourish in a whole new way. Actually, this fits with the scientific evidence according to which there were some significant changes in the hominid population and lifestyle around 6000 years ago, though I wouldn’t myself put too much weight on that.
Wright devotes an entire chapter to the Adam question in his new work. The entire interview is worth reading.
- 42% believe God created humanity in its present form 10,000 years ago.
- 31% believe humanity evolved, with God guiding the process.
- 19% believe humanity evolved, and God had nothing to do with it. This position is rising.
- Believing God created humanity 10,000 years ago does not require believing the earth is 10,000 years old. So, it’s inaccurate to say 42% of Americans are young-earth creationists.
Christine Rosen, senior editor of The New Atlantis, wonders about religiosity in the digital age:
Is religious affiliation another opportunity cost of our digital world, something that will grow obsolete, like handwritten letters? . . . In relying on the Internet to answer questions that religious institutions used to answer—crowdsourcing faith, in other words—do we risk losing access to some of the answers data can’t provide?
Her nuanced article is the best take I’ve seen on the relationship between internet use and atheism.