From Jerry Coyne’s comments on responses to Bill Nye’s attack on creationism (reformatted), posted on his blog, Why Evolution Is True:
Theistic evolutionists are creationists, pure and simple; they differ from straight fundamentalist creationists only in how much of life God was involved in creating, ranging from
- those who think God set the whole plan in motion, knowing it would culminate in that most awesome of species, US,
- to those who think that God tinkered with mutations to create the right species (see the philosophical work of Elliott Sober),
- to those who think that humans are set apart from other species because God inserted a soul in our lineage (that’s the official view of the Vatican).
That is being anti-evolution as scientists understand it, since we see evolution as a naturalistic process that has nothing to do with deities.
Sadly, far more Americans are theistic evolutionists than naturalistic evolutionists: the proportions among all Americans are 38% to 16% respectively (40% are straight creationists, 6% are unsure). We have a long way to go.
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