One-third of Americans reject evolution, poll shows

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One-third of Americans reject evolution, poll shows | Reuters

One-third of Americans reject the idea of evolution and Republicans have grown more skeptical about it, according to a poll released on Monday.

Sixty percent of Americans say that "humans and other living things have evolved over time," the telephone survey by the Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project showed (Click here for the full survey).

But 33 percent reject the idea of evolution, saying that "humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time," Pew said in a statement.

Although this percentage remained steady since 2009, the last time Pew asked the question, there was a growing partisan gap on whether humans evolved.

"The gap is coming from the Republicans, where fewer are now saying that humans have evolved over time," said Cary Funk, a Pew senior researcher who conducted the analysis.

The poll showed 43 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of Democrats say humans have evolved over time, compared with 54 percent and 64 percent respectively four years ago.

Among religious groups, white evangelical Protestants topped the list of those rejecting evolution, with 64 percent of those polled saying they believe humans have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.

"This has been a staple of evangelical Protestantism for nearly 100 years," said Alan Lichtman, an American University history professor and author of "White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement."

A quarter of those surveyed told Pew that "a supreme being guided the evolution of living things."

The survey of 1,983 adults in all 50 states was conducted from March 21 to April 8. The margin of error was 3 percentage points, meaning results could vary that much either way.
Well I'll be a monkey's uncle.
 
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Guess where the creation museum is located...?

Kentucky

http://creationmuseum.org/


Education in Kentucky includes elementary school (kindergarten through fifth grade in most areas), middle school (or junior high, sixth grade through eighth grade in most locations), high school (ninth through twelfth grade in most locations), and postsecondary institutions. Most Kentucky schools and colleges are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Education in Kentucky suffers from the same negative stigma as many other Southern states. Some statistics, such as ranking 47th in the nation in percentage of residents with a bachelor's degree[1] and an adult illiteracy rate of about 4%,[2] seem to justify the stereotype. Other reports, such as ranking 14th in educational affordability,[1] 25th in K-12 attrition,[3] and being named the 31st smartest state using a formula by Morgan Quitno Press[4] (ahead of western states like California, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico) suggest that the stereotype may be overblown. In fact, Lexington, Kentucky ranks 10th among US cities in percent of population with college degree or higher.[5] Whatever the case, due to a number of reforms beginning in 1990, most studies agree that Kentucky is making progress in the area of education.
 
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Funny thing, the 'theory of evolution' is just that, theory. And no one alleges it is settled science either. B) I recommend a book 'Bones of Contention', there are others as well.
 
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Funny thing, the 'theory of evolution' is just that, theory. And no one alleges it is settled science either. B) I recommend a book 'Bones of Contention', there are others as well.
Yes evolution is a theory...

But creationism is junk science.

Big difference.
 
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Creationism, or Intelligent Design, is the religious belief that a higher power created the animals and everything that exists today through supernatural intervention. Religious beliefs, such as creationism, have to be accepted on faith and cannot be tested or investigated. Creationism beliefs are usually based on a strict interpretation of the Bible or other religious holy books. The book of Genesis starts with the statement "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth", and goes on to describe how in six days God created the plants, the animals, the sun, the moon, and the stars. Biblical interpretation infers that the world was created about 6000 years ago. The modern creationism movement received support from the 1961 publication of The Genesis Flood by John C. Whitcomb and Henry Morris. Neither author had any training in geology, but they claimed that Noah's flood had laid down all the sedimentary rock before erosion carved the Earth's current topography. The authors dismissed fossil evidence for a long history of life, and claimed that the world had been created to seem old.

The Controversy
Conflicts between Evolution and Creationism occur when evolutionists argue that creationism is not a scientific theory because it cannot be tested by the scientific method, whereas creationists argue that evolutionists do not take God into account and that evolution is just a theory rather than a fact. Scientific methodology which is based on physical evidence can never be reconciled with the creationist faith-based belief that the Old Testament of the Bible, which was written by Israelites around 1400 BC, is the only true account of creation. Creationists continue to ridicule Charles Darwin even though his theories have been confirmed through many scientific studies.

Science requires that a hypothesis or theory should be testable and supported by physical evidence, whereas religion requires acceptance of a doctrine or belief without analysis or judgment. For this reason, conflicts between evolution and creationism can never be resolved. DNA testing has shown that humans and chimpanzees have a 98-percent genetic similarity, providing overwhelming evidence that apes and humans have a common ancestry. Scientists are willing to accept these results as evidence that man is a specific type of ape, but this is what creationists find most revolting, since they believe that "God created man in his own image", as stated in Genesis 1:27.
 
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Creationism, or Intelligent Design, is the religious belief that a higher power created the animals and everything that exists today through supernatural intervention. Religious beliefs, such as creationism, have to be accepted on faith and cannot be tested or investigated. Creationism beliefs are usually based on a strict interpretation of the Bible or other religious holy books. The book of Genesis starts with the statement "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth", and goes on to describe how in six days God created the plants, the animals, the sun, the moon, and the stars. Biblical interpretation infers that the world was created about 6000 years ago. The modern creationism movement received support from the 1961 publication of The Genesis Flood by John C. Whitcomb and Henry Morris. Neither author had any training in geology, but they claimed that Noah's flood had laid down all the sedimentary rock before erosion carved the Earth's current topography. The authors dismissed fossil evidence for a long history of life, and claimed that the world had been created to seem old.

The Controversy
Conflicts between Evolution and Creationism occur when evolutionists argue that creationism is not a scientific theory because it cannot be tested by the scientific method, whereas creationists argue that evolutionists do not take God into account and that evolution is just a theory rather than a fact. Scientific methodology which is based on physical evidence can never be reconciled with the creationist faith-based belief that the Old Testament of the Bible, which was written by Israelites around 1400 BC, is the only true account of creation. Creationists continue to ridicule Charles Darwin even though his theories have been confirmed through many scientific studies.

Science requires that a hypothesis or theory should be testable and supported by physical evidence, whereas religion requires acceptance of a doctrine or belief without analysis or judgment. For this reason, conflicts between evolution and creationism can never be resolved. DNA testing has shown that humans and chimpanzees have a 98-percent genetic similarity, providing overwhelming evidence that apes and humans have a common ancestry. Scientists are willing to accept these results as evidence that man is a specific type of ape, but this is what creationists find most revolting, since they believe that "God created man in his own image", as stated in Genesis 1:27.
Yes God Created or it is a Cosmic Accident..


Both are theories...


Neither are 100% proven..

So if you believe in Cosmic Accident it based on Faith.

If you believe in Intelligent design, it is base on faith..


(I will admit my faith is the latter) Because, it takes too much faith for me to look upon this universe, the understand the complicated make up of the eye, and the brain to decode what the eye is viewing, to be an accident.
 
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