1. It sounds to me as if you're mainly referring to "non-scientist creationists", as opposed to actual 'scientists'. To claim that "Creation scientists" are deliberately misrepresenting themselves is no different than me claiming a "conspiracy theory" that evolution scientists are out to deceive everyone. Whoever you're getting this info from is merely projecting propaganda.<quoted text>
Virtually all modern scientists in the biological field and closely related fields that have to do with evolution, ACCEPT evolution basically as Darwin laid it out, i.e. descent with gene modification (through mutation, genetic drift and sexual recombination) PLUS the filtering action of natural selection.
This idea has become the backbone of all the modern life sciences for the past 150 years.
There is no doubt among scientists (who are not Christian evangelicals wanting to work a religious agenda here) that evolution has occurred and continues to occur.
There have always been disputes and discussion with the walls of science about the various MECHANISMS of evolution, i.e. HOW it takes place. Is it all gradual, slow development? Or does it go by fits and starts depending on the environment (i.e. pressure from asteroid or volcanic catastrophes, etc.)?
Or is it a combination of both the above? That is the general consensus among scientists.
What Christians trying to work an agenda here have done over the years (starting with the Jehovah's Witnesses) is creatively cut and snip quotes from scientific papers and books that make it SEEM as if established evolutionary scientists don't actually "believe in evolution" at all. Or that they really reject it.
Very dishonest on the part of these religious folks. They do not cover themselves with glory on this score.
And why should the religion they profess be believed or given any credence at all if they cannot even understand the science they oppose or be bothered to get it right -- or worse yet, deliberately misrepresent it?
Your average American probably does 'not' receive most of their info on evolution from scientists, but from general media.
What science (collectively) is doing now is not working in America. We (the U.S.) fall to number 17 as far as nations academically in the study of science. And it's not because of 'Creationism'(that little monkey trial didn't happen yesterday). More than likely, it's due to a lack of interest as opposed to lack of intellect. It's very obvious that many Americans embrace evolution because it's the thing to believe. Let the big dogs do the research for them.
When people are intimidated into believing evolution, there's a serious problem. All I have to do is tell 'you' I believe in evolution (macro), and unless I tell you 1 + 2 = 5, I'll be intellectually 'okay' in your book.
As an example, I didn't see this myself, but I heard about a stand-up comic actually say on stage (paraphrasing) "How can those religious folk (or nuts) not believe in evolution (or young earth)? We have "carbon dating" that proves how old the earth is". And as far as I know, everyone 'laughed'(with him, not at him). If referred to comedian said this in a club within a 40 mile radius of a university (as is fairly common), he should have been arrested by the university police, taken to that nearest university, and flogged in the science department synagogue.
Let's say for the sake of argument, that 'evolution' is 'fact'. Maybe it's time to put away egomaniacal comments like "creation science is not science", " creationists are morons", etc., and bring both to the educational table and let people decide for themselves. Maybe this 'monopoly' has allowed for lackluster interest in science, to where people just assume evo is fact....