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    Default Majority of Americans Reject Theory of Evolution

    Majority of Americans Reject Theory of Evolution


    Most Americans do not accept the theory of evolution. Instead, 51 percent of Americans say God created humans in their present form, and another three in 10 say that while humans evolved, God guided the process. Just 15 percent say humans evolved, and that God was not involved.

    These views are similar to what they were in November 2004 shortly after the presidential election.

    This question on the origin of human beings, asked both this month and in November 2004, offered the public three alternatives: 1. Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, and God did not directly guide this process; 2. Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, but God guided this process; or 3. God created human beings in their present form.

    The results were not much different between the answers to that question and those given when a specific timeline was included in the final alternative: God created human beings in their present form within the last 10,000 years.

    Americans most likely to believe in only evolution are liberals (36 percent), those who rarely or never attend religious services (25 percent), and those with a college degree or higher (24 percent).

    White evangelicals (77 percent), weekly churchgoers (74 percent) and conservatives (64 percent), are mostly likely to say God created humans in their present form.

    Still, most Americans think it is possible to believe in both God and evolution. Sixty-seven percent say this is possible, while 29 percent disagree. Most demographic groups say it is possible to believe in both God and evolution, but just over half of white evangelical Christians say it is not possible.

    Opinions on this question are tied to one’s views on the origin of human beings. Those who believe in evolution, whether guided by God or not, overwhelmingly think it is possible to believe in both God and evolution – 90 percent say this. However, people who believe God created humans in their present form are more divided: 48 percent think it possible to believe in both God and evolution, but the same number disagrees.

    This poll was conducted among a nationwide random sample of 808 adults, interviewed by telephone October 3-5, 2005. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus four percentage points.

    Source: http://articles.news.aol.com/news/ar...24100409990019

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    Default Re: Majority of Americans Reject Theory of Evolution

    What is your say on this issue? In my opinion religion has completely brainwashed our species. If the Holy Bible said the Earth is flat even though we have proof that the earth is a sphere, I'm pretty sure half of us would still believe it is flat, just from a book. This sure shows how gullable some of us are to unproven sources.

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    Default Re: Majority of Americans Reject Theory of Evolution

    i like the bible, but i read it more for the lessons than for the facts because it was passed on orally for years, and was written by man.

    i'm down with the re-incarnation idea, so i'd say we go back as far the dinosaurs, or whatever was before them. there brains were supposedly really small, so there lessons would be primative. as time passes, they'd go extinct, because their lessons were learnt. we'd move on to another form like an ant or alligator or whatever and continue learning.

    i don't think we're done either... in the bible it says that man was created in god's likeness. i understand that as being like god or godlike. i don't see our people as being very godlike, we may have our instances, but on a majority, we're sinners. i figure that evolution will make us like god. that means we're still in process. so keep learning.

    to be like god, would be to know all... and to know all we'd have to be all...

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    Default Re: Majority of Americans Reject Theory of Evolution

    I believe both....in God and evolution...

    I do not however, strongly believe in the institution of religion.

    As far as the reincarnation idea, that's how I look at it...I'm here to learn, and though in my next life I may not remember the previous, the lessons will have stayed with my spirit in some form or another...


    But basically I think humanity is conceited and egotistical on the whole inteligence and god's image thing...

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    Default Re: Majority of Americans Reject Theory of Evolution

    Why cant it be both?

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