American Protestant ministers overwhelmingly reject evolution, are split on Earth’s age
Was reading a fascinating article about American Protestant ministers and their views on scientific facts. You of course can find the article here.
Below are some notable excerpts from the article.
In response to the statement, “I believe Adam and Eve were literal people,” 74 percent strongly agree and 8 percent somewhat agree. Six percent somewhat disagree, 11 percent strongly disagree and 1 percent are not sure.
“Recently discussions have pointed to doubts about a literal Adam and Eve, the age of the earth and other origin issues,” said Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research. “But Protestant pastors are overwhelmingly Creationists and believe in a literal Adam and Eve.”
I mean you have to be as daft as sheet rock to bypass all the scientific evidence that is available on this particular matter. I mean a cursory glance at wikipedia, would provide one with a wealth of knowledge. Then again, I suppose it is a great credit to the power of unquestioning faith that would make otherwise rational people ignore all the available information out there.
Then there is my personal favourite,
“In response to the statement, ‘I believe the earth is approximately 6,000 years old,’ 34 percent of pastors strongly disagree. However, 30 percent strongly agree. Nine percent somewhat disagree, and 16 percent somewhat agree.”
46%, a whopping 46% of men who are considered learned by thousands and thousands of people, men and women whose every word lapped up like rain drops on a parched landscape, believe the earth is a few thousand years old. It just boggles the mind!
The article concludes by saying the following:
This underscores a conclusion that is as plain as it is unpalatable to accommodationists: among the things that religion poisons is acceptance of science. If we didn’t have religion, we wouldn’t have opposition to evolution. It also shows the futility of trying to convince Protestant pastors that their faith does not conflict with evolution. Asking that is equivalent to asking them to give up their faith.