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April 20, 2006

Where Did People Come From? Religion

From PollingReport:

CBS News Poll. April 6-9, 2006. Adults nationwide.

"Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin of human beings? (1) Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, and God did not directly guide this process. (2) Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, but God guided this process. (3) God created human beings in their present form."

Not directly guided by God17%
Guided by God23%
God created in present form53%

"Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin of human beings? (1) Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, and God did not directly guide this process. (2) Human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years, but God guided this process. (3) God created human beings in their present form within the last ten thousand years."

Not directly guided by God17%
Guided by God30%
Created by God within the last 10,000 years44%

I'm guessing that a lot of people who say God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years are giving the answer that they think puts them on God's team. I.e., it's not that they've thought about it all that much; they just know what answer a "good" person is supposed to give. And they probably have a superstitious fear of pissing God off. But still, you either have to be deeply ignorant, or have never developed a mental habit of noticing logical inconsistencies, to be able to profess something that so flies in the face of all the evidence in the real world. I really wonder what that's like, to be inside their heads.

Meanwhile, as Lewis Black says, "Our side has fossils. We win."

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Comments

"I really wonder what that's like, to be inside their heads."

Very alone, obviously, because even they are not there.

Posted by: Michael at April 21, 2006 06:58 PM

I'm pretty sure Young Earth Creationists actually believe the earth is young and God created man less than 10,000 years ago, and many go to great lengths giving their "evidence."

Interestingly a survey at Religioustolerance.org shows that 65% of high school dropouts are YECs while only 25% of college grads are YECs in America.

Did I say only 25%? Still ugly.

Posted by: The Atheist Jew at April 26, 2006 10:08 PM