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Poll: View on the Origin and Development of Human Beings

April 20, 2014 Featured, Popular Culture, Religion, Sunday Poll 23 Comments
Please vote in the poll, located in the right sidebar
Please vote in the poll, located in the right sidebar

Millions have been tuning in Sunday evenings to see COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey on Fox, Mondays on National Geographic. Since the March 9th debut the show some have been upset by the presentation of evolution rather than creation.

The Cosmos reboot was fairly generous as far as leaving room for religious interpretation goes. But apparently, one Fox affiliate station in Oklahoma City decided there was still just a little too much science talk for their liking, so they cut out the 15-second mention of evolution. (Gizmodo)  

That Fox station says the 15-second cut of evolution from the first episode was an “accident.” Right. The poll this week is from a 2012 Gallop poll, here’s a look at the question and answers:

Which of the following comes closest to your view on the origin and development of human beings?

  • Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process
  • Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process
  • God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time in the last 10,000 years or so

The poll is in the right sidebar, the answers will be presented in a random order to each viewer.

— Steve Patterson


Currently there are "23 comments" on this Article:

  1. Fozzie says:

    I agree that the curb cut in this photo does not line up with the crosswalk painted on the street. It’s too bad that limited city resources cannot fix this.

  2. Bobby Nut says:

    It was such unexpected results when I’ve seen this pool. It looks like this site readers are very distinctive.

  3. guest says:

    Is this post meant to be intentionally offensive, given you posted it on Easter Sunday?

    • Adam says:

      the universe doesn’t revolve around your christian holidays.

    • Asking a question is offensive?

      • guest says:

        Yeah, sure. Lots of questions can be offensive. Much of it is based on circumstances and context. Would you challenge a Jew about the facts behind the Torah on Rosh Hashana? Wouldn’t that be a bit rude?

        You blatantly post an anti-Christian tainted poll on the highest of Christian holidays. Was that just a coincidence? Or were you intending to offend Christians? And further, you’re sort of on an an ongoing rant against Christianity, but hardly ever bring up other religions. Why not slam Jews, Muslims? Hindu? religions of Native Americans, etc? There are various religious traditions around the world. Why so much focus on Christians?

        • It was a coincidence, I planned this post for a week earlier but bumped it a week to run the poll on Kacie Starr Triplett last week. Had I been looking at the calendar I’d have done a poll on marijuana. After all, yesterday was 4/20.

        • Adam says:

          how is it anti-christian to ask people’s views on the origin of life, regardless of the day? you do realize that lots of christians believe in evolution, don’t you? should those christians be offended as well?

          • guest says:

            Given that this blog is supposedly “urban review” (and not “evolution review”); and, given that Steve Patterson is an avowed atheist; and, given this post appeared on the holiest of Christian holidays – Easter – yeah, it makes you wonder about Steve’s motives. Whether or not lots of Christians believe in evolution is not the issue. Steve is challenging biblical teaching, especially with his “10,000 years” choice. He’s mocking the bible and creationists on Easter. That’s his right. It’s his blog.

          • moe says:

            This stopped being about urban review a some time ago. Now it’s all about Steve’s handicapped ramps, how everyone in St. Louis is wrong, where homeless people are animals and rats, and oh yeah….the lack of local retail stores that no one walks to while I drive around town and shop on line blog. So he posts shit like this to stir the pot. Coincidence? Sure. Just like it’s a coincidence that Adam finds his car exactly where he parked it from the night before.
            Yup, it’s his right and it’s his blog. And then he wonders why fewer and fewer people but the bigots take him seriously. He won’t figure it out just like he can’t figure out why places like Left Bank Books closes as he reads the latest book he purchased from Amazon.

          • Adam says:

            the blog title is completely irrelevant to your initial objection. and christian belief in evolution absolutely is the issue. you took the timing of the poll as an affront to christianity because you perceive it as an affront to your particular flavor of christianity. for christians who don’t feel threatened by evolution there would be no reason for offense. and it’s funny that you claim to know steve’s position on the matter, and you admit that it’s his blog, yet here you are complaining about it instead of just not reading it. anyway, i’ll have to try and remember that atheists aren’t allowed to “challenge biblical teaching” on holidays. thanks for the tip.

          • guest says:

            We come here to learn about urban issues in St. Louis, not debate the origin of species.

          • For 9+ years this blog has been about “the planning, policies and politics of the St. Louis region.” People’s religious beliefs are interjected into policy making decisions, politics, and by extension, planning.

          • Fozzie says:


          • Fozzie says:

            Now that I think about it, a cut-off street grid DOES look like a crucifix. How could I have been so wrong?

          • You should consider reading ‘Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith’ by Eric Jacobsen. http://www.sidewalksinthekingdom.com

          • guest says:

            Or this one: “Politics, Planning, and Travels Through the Rabbit Hole”

          • Adam says:

            it’s Steve’s blog, not yours. by your own admission you know his opinion on the matter and you know that he sometimes strays form urban issues. that’s his prerogative. if you don’t like it, then don’t read it.

          • wump says:

            more like SUB-urban review about 90% of the time

  4. Adam says:

    Fozzie evolved from a one-trick pony.


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