Ben Carson touts creationism during Nashville speech; on CNN Richard Dawkins says he’s embarrassed by Carson.

Ben Carson, the Republican presidential candidate, has once again reaffirmed his view on creationism on Sunday. During a visit to Tennessee, Ben Carson made two speeches on Sunday morning at Cornerstone Church.

Carson addressed “progressives” in one of his speeches:

“They say, ‘Carson, ya know, how can you be a surgeon, a neurosurgeon, and believe that God created the Earth, and not believe in evolution, which is the basis of all knowledge and all science?’ ”

He responded saying that his belief in God has strengthened his understanding of science:

 “Well, you know, it’s kind of funny. But I do believe God created us, and I did just fine. So I don’t know where they get that stuff from, ya know? It’s not true. And in fact, the more you know about God, and the deeper your relationship with God, I think the more intricate becomes your knowledge of the way things work, including the human body.”

Ben Carson is a famous retired neurosurgeon who recently surged in GOP presidential surveys. Carson has spoken out about his beliefs on creation and evolution many times. In 2012, he was invited to make a commencement speech at Emory University, but controversy erupted over his belief that the Earth is only 6,000 years old. He has also downplayed the credibility of the Big Bang Theory, describing it as a “fairy tale.”

In an interview with CNN, Ben Carson expressed his disinterest in religious dogma, but stressed the importance of having a relationship with God:

“I’m a person who has a deep and abiding faith and relationship with God, but I’m not really into a lot of religious dogma and rituals — ‘You can’t do that, and you can’t do this.’ I don’t believe in that. I believe you have to have a deep and abiding faith in God.”

However, Carson’s continuous promotion of creationism over evolution received mixed reactions particularly from the famous atheist biologist Richard Dawkins. In an interview with CNN, Dawkins said “for a very senior eminent distinguished doctor as he is to say that is even worse. Because of course, evolution is the bedrock of biology and biology is the bedrock of medicine.” He added that “He clearly doesn’t understand the fundamental theorem of his own subject. That is a terrible indictment.”

His views on matters pertaining religion have boosted his popularity making him secure more evangelical electorate in Iowa and in many other regions. Thus, Carson has been able to tie or be ahead of his fellow competitor Donald Trump according to the several GOP Presidential opinion polls.

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