Statistics on belief in creation

Still more from Gallup: A recent poll on how many Americans believe in Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design.

A mere 18% believe that evolution is “definitely true,” while 39% believe that the Bible’s creation account is “definitely true.” (Other responses were about shades of “probably true” or “probably false.”)

From another angle, 14% believe that man developed with no guidance from God; 38% believe that man developed but with God’s guidance (apparently reflecting some version of theistic evolution); and 43% believing that God created man in his present form. (4% offered no opinion.)

What is linked above is raw data, going into much more detail and with a range of related questions and comparisons, so feel free to offer your own analysis.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • fw

    The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

    Not alot of alternative possibilities as to certain questions from this angle…..

  • fw

    The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

    Not alot of alternative possibilities as to certain questions from this angle…..

  • http://prouty.wordpress.com/ Les Prouty

    This is very interesting. I am pleasantly surprised at how consistent the figures are dating back to the 1980s. That, even though the public schools have consistently taught evolution as fact and largely ignored any notion of creation. Also interesting is the fact that most would have no problem with creationism being taught along with evolution.
    Personal note, one of my sons came home from the public highschool (St. Louis area) a few weeks ago talking about the biology teacher’s class on origins. The teacher stated that she could only present what the textbook says and could not inject her personal Catholic based belief in creation into the discussion. We had a really good discussion on what the Bible says. Perhaps many other Christian families are doing a decent job of countering the textbooks as well.

  • http://prouty.wordpress.com/ Les Prouty

    This is very interesting. I am pleasantly surprised at how consistent the figures are dating back to the 1980s. That, even though the public schools have consistently taught evolution as fact and largely ignored any notion of creation. Also interesting is the fact that most would have no problem with creationism being taught along with evolution.
    Personal note, one of my sons came home from the public highschool (St. Louis area) a few weeks ago talking about the biology teacher’s class on origins. The teacher stated that she could only present what the textbook says and could not inject her personal Catholic based belief in creation into the discussion. We had a really good discussion on what the Bible says. Perhaps many other Christian families are doing a decent job of countering the textbooks as well.

  • S Bauer

    The take of the scientific priesthood on this fact is stated here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20080103/cm_csm/ymartin;_ylt=Arc87wDDI4bzEQjOf8GiQmys0NUE

    Of course, the very depiction of the issue as one of “beliefs vs. facts” shows the writer of the article is engaging in the very blindness to the holes in his own worldview that he charges against his students who have the audacity to continue to hold to a creationist stance in spite of years of evolutionary indoctrination in the public schools. Facts, evidences, data points are not on the same level as beliefs and so opposable to one another. Beliefs are what arrange facts into meaning.

  • S Bauer

    The take of the scientific priesthood on this fact is stated here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20080103/cm_csm/ymartin;_ylt=Arc87wDDI4bzEQjOf8GiQmys0NUE

    Of course, the very depiction of the issue as one of “beliefs vs. facts” shows the writer of the article is engaging in the very blindness to the holes in his own worldview that he charges against his students who have the audacity to continue to hold to a creationist stance in spite of years of evolutionary indoctrination in the public schools. Facts, evidences, data points are not on the same level as beliefs and so opposable to one another. Beliefs are what arrange facts into meaning.

  • Joe

    I had a biology teacher in high school who said he could only give us evolution because it was all he was qualified to teach but he invited anyone else to present their origins theory/belief and offered as much time as needed to do it properly. A very brave girl in my class accepted and offered Biblical creationism. I remember how impressed with her I was for being strong enough to do that in front of a class of high school sophomores.

  • Joe

    I had a biology teacher in high school who said he could only give us evolution because it was all he was qualified to teach but he invited anyone else to present their origins theory/belief and offered as much time as needed to do it properly. A very brave girl in my class accepted and offered Biblical creationism. I remember how impressed with her I was for being strong enough to do that in front of a class of high school sophomores.

  • http://www.faith-filled.com Stephenie

    Has Ben Stein’s movie been mentioned here yet?

    http://www.expelledthemovie.com/

  • http://www.faith-filled.com Stephenie

    Has Ben Stein’s movie been mentioned here yet?

    http://www.expelledthemovie.com/

  • RoJoLee

    Thanks for the link, Stephenie. Wow! I didn’t know about Ben Stein’s movie before. I hope it gets a lot of publicity!

  • RoJoLee

    Thanks for the link, Stephenie. Wow! I didn’t know about Ben Stein’s movie before. I hope it gets a lot of publicity!

  • The Fox

    Last year in my Biology 1 course, the prof explained that while she understood and accepted that not everyone present believe in the evolutionary scheme of things, it was required by state law that she teach evolution and in order to pass the exams we needed to learn the material. Whether we believed it or not was up to us. I found that refreshing simply because it acknowledges that there is another perspective “out there” and at least respects it that much. We are having an impact! Thanks Stephanie for the movie link-I had no idea and will get the word out in my own congregation!

  • The Fox

    Last year in my Biology 1 course, the prof explained that while she understood and accepted that not everyone present believe in the evolutionary scheme of things, it was required by state law that she teach evolution and in order to pass the exams we needed to learn the material. Whether we believed it or not was up to us. I found that refreshing simply because it acknowledges that there is another perspective “out there” and at least respects it that much. We are having an impact! Thanks Stephanie for the movie link-I had no idea and will get the word out in my own congregation!


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