Almost half the American public still believes God created man recently, despite decades of indoctrination by education and the media. Another third believe God guided human evolution.
Gallup issued its latest poll in a series begun in 1982, asking the question, “How do you believe people came into existence?” The choices are, (1) Humans evolved over millions of years without God; (2) God created humans sometime in the last 10,000 years, and (3), Humans evolved, but God guided the process.
The report from Gallup said,
Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years. The prevalence of this creationist view of the origin of humans is essentially unchanged from 30 years ago, when Gallup first asked the question. About a third of Americans believe that humans evolved, but with God’s guidance; 15% say humans evolved, but that God had no part in the process.
Live Science tried to emphasize that the less educated, the church-going, and Republicans were more likely to accept the creationist account, but did admit that “this belief was also the most prevalent among Independents and Democrats compared with other beliefs held by the two groups.” It should be noted that “theistic evolution” is not Darwinian. Believing that “God guided the process” strikes at the heart of the contingent, unguided process Darwin had in mind.
The Gallup report itself, under “Implications,” said, “Despite the many changes that have taken place in American society and culture over the past 30 years, including new discoveries in biological and social science, there has been virtually no sustained change in Americans’ views of the origin of the human species since 1982.”
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