theory of evolution

Religious Groups’ Views on Evolution

Updated February 3, 2014

Published on Dec 7, 2015

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Percentage of Republicans who believe in evolution is shrinking

A Pew study finds that the percentage of Republicans who believe that Darwin’s theory of evolution is correct has dropped 11 percent in about five years. That is suggestive of the country’s broader polarization, the authors say.

By , Staff writer / December 31, 2013

Those with the most pronounced skeptical views on human evolution remain white evangelical Protestants, who are a potent force in conservative politics and a key base of support for the tea party movement.

“God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell,” said tea party Rep. Paul Broun (R) of Georgia in a 2012 speech. “It’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”

Almost two-thirds of white evangelical Protestants say humans existed in their present form since the beginning of time, while nearly 8 in 10 “mainline” Protestants believe in evolution. In fact, though half of black Protestants are skeptical of human evolution, no other religious group in the country has a majority doubting human evolution.

Scholars point out, too, that Darwinism was one of the galvanizing issues in the evolution of contemporary evangelical Protestantism. As Protestants began to grapple with a changing modern world in the early 20th century, “mainline” and Evangelical divisions began.

In a series of essays called “The Fundamentals” from 1910 to 1915, conservative Presbyterians, mostly, railed against the “decadence of Darwinism” and modern scholarship. The term “fundamentalism,” now used as a fungible catch-all for most any conservative religious group, derives from these famous tracts.

And after the Scopes trial in 1925, which began to turn public opinion toward the acceptance of teaching evolution, conservative evangelicals were not a major force in public up to the 1970s, reemerging with the election of Ronald Reagan and becoming one of the more significant forces in American politics.


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