According to a recent Gallup Poll, one in four people are skeptical of global warming. Perhaps even more alarming is the fact that an AP-GFK pole states that almost half of Americans doubt the existence of the big bang– and or evolution. These are two theories that have as much backing as the theory of relativity or the theory of gravity; and these are not so readily protested. Through our ability to date artifacts and the Earth itself, along with genetics and DNA research, transitional fossils and other evidence– we can all but prove beyond a doubt our human genetic lineage.
Why is it that so many Americans have doubts about these widely accepted scientific beliefs? The unfortunate and culturally sensitive answer is simple: Institutionalized religion; a system of faith– deny these facts. The nature of faith is to have the constitution to believe in something without proof; to be sure of something without having physical proof. In many American homes, this is a tradition that is age old and reaches far back; before even the foundation of the American country itself.
Science versus Faith
This strange divide among the citizens of the united states has never been so clear as when Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos reboot started airing. It seems as though every new episode brings something else about to raise the hackles of the Christian right, sparking debate and denial on every social media platform imaginable as well as on personal blogs. I find myself wondering; if faith is in the all powerful, then why does a syndicated television show scare these people so much?
The root of many of these discrepancies is in our education system, in our homes, and on the street. A message that I don’t see enough in all of these swirling word battles is the suggestion that these things don’t necessarily have to negate that faith. The fact that we exist here today– be it as some random gambit or not– is pretty amazing. We live on a planet that is an intricate web of biological diversity and that is something that no one can deny. How is it that the same people that call on God to dispel these scientific facts that have been subject to research and years of repeated testing can’t look at the same science and let it be one of God’s wonders?
All peacemaking aside, no one can deny the growing divide between those who do and don’t believe– on both sides. The only question is about where the battle is leading our society and what affects it will have on it. The facts stand though; Christians inevitably turn out to vote republican. Statistically, republican states are the poorest and worst educated states in the union, and that is starting to show. Whether you like it or not, America is no longer the top of the ladder in education, employment opportunity, or healthcare. Those days are long-gone, an the intersectionality of those issues with the issues of science and faith are undeniable.