DAILY CATHOLIC     THURSDAY     August 20, 1998     vol. 9, no. 163

NEWS & VIEWS
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AMERICANS MORE LIKELY TO BELIEVE CREATIONISM THAN EVOLUTION

          CINCINNATI (CWNews.com) - A University of Cincinnati political science professor said this week that Americans are more likely to believe in creationism over evolution that citizens of other countries.

          George Bishop said in an article in the latest edition of Public Perspective: A Roper Center Review of Public Opinion and Polling that about 45 percent of Americans believe God created man within the last 10,000 years, as suggested by a literal reading of the Book of Genesis. Forty percent of Americans hold a theistic evolutionist view that God guided a process by which man evolved over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, and only 10 percent believe in Darwinistic evolution in which God had no part in the development of man from lower life forms.

          Bishop attributed the percentages toward America's continued status as a mainly religious nation. He said those most likely to be creationists are women, older and less educated Americans, southerners, and blacks. Those most likely to believe in theistic evolution are those who are college-educated, under 45 years-old, and mainline Protestant, Catholic, or Jewish. Darwinists are more likely to be men, under 30-years-old, without political party affiliation, and non-religious.


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August 20, 1998       volume 9, no. 163
NEWS & VIEWS

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