Results of public opinion polls
evolution, theistic evolution & creation science
Beliefs about origin of the species:
Since most religions have a unique creation story, the total number of belief systems about origins is quite large. However, the vast majority of Americans believe one of the following three belief systems:
- Naturalistic evolution: The universe began with a "big bang" some 13.82 billion years ago. The Earth coalesced about 4.5 billion years ago, literally out of stardust -- the waste products of exploding supernovae. Within about 1 billion years, the first forms of elementary life came into existence. These single-celled animals subsequently evolved over billions of years producing an enormous variety of species, most of which are currently extinct. Either no God exists, or the God who exists took no part in this evolution.
- Theistic evolution: As for naturalistic evolution, except that God controlled and directed evolution and used it as a tool to produce the diversity of species currently present on Earth or now extinct.
- Creation science: God created the Earth, sun, moon, planets and other stars less than from about 6 to 10 thousand years ago. He then created all of the plant and animal life. Finally, he fashioned Adam out of mud, and Eve from of a rib of Adam.
This section contains polling data about the percentages of Americans who believe in each of these three belief systems.
Topics covered in this section:
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Last update: 2014-FEB-03
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