Iceland For The Win: According to a new poll, 0.0% of Icelanders 24 years or younger believe God created the world.
Of those younger than 25, 93.9% said the world had been created in the big bang and 0.0% believed God had created the world.
77.7% of those between 25 and 44 years old believed the world had been created in the big bang and 10.1% believed God had created the world.
In all but the oldest age category a majority accepted the big-bang theory. Only 46.1% of those older than 55 believed in the big bang, and nearly a fourth, 24.5% believed God had created the world.
According to the poll, less than half of Icelanders claim they are religious and more than 40% of young Icelanders identify as atheist.
Iceland Magazine, reporting on the poll results, notes that there is a growing support for separation of Church and State:
The poll also found a growing percentage of Icelanders support the full separation of church and state. Out of those who expressed an opinion on the subject 72% supported the full separation of church and state and 28% oppose the separation of church and state. Currently the Icelandic constitution stipulates that the state church of Iceland is the Icelandic Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Bottom line: The fact that the poll failed to find any young Icelanders who accept the creation story of the Bible is good news for Iceland, and good news for freethinkers everywhere.
(H/T Iceland Magazine)