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USA: acceptance of naturalistic evolution rises

As reported by YouGov, an Omnibus poll taken in July (detailed results here) indicates that the American religious landscape continues to change. The steady increase in religious 'nones' or 'unaffiliated' (sometimes also referred to as 'unchurched') is well known, as is the smaller but equally consistent rise in those affirming explicit atheism.

While the depressing and frightening (but not exactly surprising) result is that 37% of Americans polled - in 2013, remember - adhere to frank creationism, purporting to believe that no evolution has ever occurred and that God created human beings in their present form, a full 25% adhere to theistic evolution (evolution occurred/occurs but was/is guided by God). Perhaps the most noteworthy finding is that the number of Americans who espouse naturalistic evolution (evolution occurred/occurs and God had/has nothing to do with it, irrespective of their belief in God) has risen 8% in the nine years since 2004 to 21%.

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... new YouGov research reveals the number of those who believe that humans evolved with no influence from God has increased since 2004.

Overall, 21% of Americans believe that "human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, and God did not directly guide this process," while 25% believe that "human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions, but God guided this process" and 37% believe that "God created human beings in their present form within the last ten thousand years".


Of the naturalistic evolution set, the report says:

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This number may continue to increase in the coming years, as the belief in evolution without the influence of God is most common among those 18-29 years old, with 31% of those in that age group believing it.


Previous data bears this out: in 2004 it was 13%; in 2008 it was 15%; and now, as we've seen, it's a much steeper rise to 21%. The trend is upwards and is set to remain so.

Anywhere else this would scarcely be newsworthy, but a major study several years ago found the USA to be one up from the bottom in its low acceptance and high rejection of evolution, beaten only by Turkey. This is absolutely anomalous amongst developed, first-world nations.
Leonard James

I don't think that even the yanks are capable of keeping their heads buried for ever. The light will dawn eventually.
genghiscant

Leonard James wrote:
I don't think that even the yanks are capable of keeping their heads buried for ever. The light will dawn eventually.


The cause is fear of uncertainty. They fear science and free thinking.
Leonard James

genghiscant wrote:
Leonard James wrote:
I don't think that even the yanks are capable of keeping their heads buried for ever. The light will dawn eventually.


The cause is fear of uncertainty. They fear science and free thinking.


Yes, I suppose so. But with the informed world so available today on internet, they are bound to realise that it's the only way forward, and that trying to hang on to past silly beliefs is for the willfully ignorant.
Derek

When my wife went to church this morning she saw a black swan on the driver Taff. Beautiful looking bird, by all accounts. I said that she would have taken photos.

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