Recently I listened to a Teaching Company course titled The Theory of Evolution: A History of Controversy. The lecturer repeated a statistic I’ve seen elsewhere, that about 50% of Americans believe God created humans within the past 10,000 years. And, as has happened every time I’ve encountered this statistic, I almost drove off the road. Put aside for the moment belief in intelligent design–which I consider to be creationism dressed in a new coat–, and belief in theistic evolution, which holds that evolution is God’s instrument of creation. About 50% of Americans believe the human species was created within the past 10,000 years? Is it any wonder we lag the rest of the developed world in science and other rational-thinking skills?