Creationism vs. Education

A Gallup poll conducted by telephone Dec. 10-12, 40% of respondents reported believing in strict Creationist dogma that says God created the Earth about 10,000 years ago. Yes, you read that right – four in ten adults honestly think that the Theory of Evolution is wrong, and that mankind was created much more recently than modern science tells us.

I’m absolutely stunned — horrified, even — at the implications of this study.

The full study includes a lot of analysis around other demographics and descriptive features of respondents. I expected there to be some common characteristics of people who believe in strict Creationism, but I didn’t expect the differences to be so amazingly glaring.

Here are a few of the more noteworthy results:

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  • The 40% figure, while alarming, is actually the lowest on record since this trending began in 1982.
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  • The more educated that a respondent was, the more likely they were to believe in evolution guided by God’s hand, or evolution that was completely undirected with no supernatural involvement.
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  • A person who attends church every week is significantly more likely to believe in strict Creationism, more than twice (almost three times) as likely as someone who attends church rarely or never.
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  • And of course, Republicans are much more likely to believe in strict Creationism than Democrats and Independents.
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    Religious people often remark that atheists and agnostics smugly think that they are intellectually superior to those with strong religious beliefs. I’m not here to disparage people who believe in God, or who believe in a specific faith’s vision of who/what God is and what God wants of us. Spirituality is a very personal thing, and it’s not my place to judge someone’s religion so long as they don’t judge my lack of one.

    But if someone looks me in the eye and tells me that they believe that God created the Earth 10,000 years ago and that Adam and Eve were LITERALLY the two human beings God created, that we are all descended from incest and inbreeding from those two people, and that all scientific evidence to the contrary is wrong at best, or deliberate deception (planted by the Devil to sow doubt in mankind, perhaps?) at worst, then yes… Yes, I am going to have serious doubts about that person’s ability to think rationally and critically about the world around them.

    And if this blog entry forever dooms my future career ambitions, prevents me from ever being elected President, and so on, then I’m perfectly fine with that.

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    One Response to Creationism vs. Education

    1. Potato says:

      8yrs, run for senate!!!

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