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In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins
Gallup ^ | 06/02/2012 | Frank Newport

Posted on 09/30/2012 8:08:34 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years.

The prevalence of this creationist view of the origin of humans is essentially unchanged from 30 years ago, when Gallup first asked the question. About a third of Americans believe that humans evolved, but with God's guidance; 15% say humans evolved, but that God had no part in the process.

(Excerpt) Read more at gallup.com ...


TOPICS: Religion & Culture; Religion & Science
KEYWORDS: creation; creationism; creationismpoll; evolution
A Poll taken three months ago. Nothing will have changed since then.
1 posted on 09/30/2012 8:08:38 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

2 posted on 09/30/2012 8:09:14 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

QUESTION ASKED:

Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings?
1) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process,

2) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process,

3) God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.

Gallup found:

Since 1982 . . .

the 46% who today choose the creationist explanation is virtually the same as the 45% average over that period — and very similar to the 44% who chose that explanation in 1982.

The 32% who choose the “theistic evolution” view that humans evolved under God’s guidance is slightly below the 30-year average of 37%, while the 15% choosing the secular evolution view is slightly higher (12%).


3 posted on 09/30/2012 8:10:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would put myself in the group that believes in evolution with God as the divine spark. I’ve always believed Science is a gift from God, not against God.


4 posted on 09/30/2012 8:14:57 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: SeekAndFind
All through my many years of education, I had evolution and Darwinism drilled into me as solid, proven science. Smart people accepted evolution. Stupid people questioned it. I was taught to laugh at Creationists.

But I never accepted Darwinism. I just don't have enough faith to attend that church. I cannot muster up the vast quantities required. I'll stick with the Bible and with Christianity. That requires faith too, but only a reasonable amount -- an amount of faith that I can handle.

5 posted on 09/30/2012 8:15:23 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (ua)
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To: MacMattico

Back in HS/academy days, we had our Christian Studies teacher teach about creationism, then our next class would be Science. That teacher would then teach about the big bang theory. Back then we knew what the difference was.


6 posted on 09/30/2012 8:21:41 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: SeekAndFind

I find that the most interesting aspect of creationism vs. evolution is that evolutionists have evidence and fossils to show you, but they can never answer a fundamental question. They can never explain how no life suddenly became life.
Evolutionists subscribe to the theory that when the universe was formed, nothing was alive. So, how did this “non-living matter” suddenly come to life.
They can never provide an answer.


7 posted on 09/30/2012 8:22:24 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: SeekAndFind

The poll is flawed since the only way to vote for the creationist view is to also accept that it happened within the last 10,000 years. I doubt 46% of the population are young earth creationists. It seems there should have been the following choice as well ...

4) God created human beings pretty much in their present form at some point in the past


8 posted on 09/30/2012 8:24:55 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: plain talk

True...I don’t even know what category I would fit in as I’ve changed my mind several times already and probably will again in the future! LOL.

Right now I am content with....”I don’t know what happened”


9 posted on 09/30/2012 8:26:51 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: SeekAndFind

Good thing that science isn’t a democracy.


10 posted on 09/30/2012 8:30:18 PM PDT by stormer
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To: MacMattico

Me too!


11 posted on 09/30/2012 8:46:02 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: Viennacon

The deeper question is how could the universe not only produce life from nonlife, but produce a life form that could posit speculatively regarding the “substance of things longed for, of things unseen”; a definition of which Paul describes as FAITH!


12 posted on 09/30/2012 8:48:54 PM PDT by mdmathis6 (We have grieved the Holy Spirit, with our Dark hearts and dark minds turned against God!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve been wanting to post my thoughts on this ever since (6 months ago???) someone made an entry about the marvelous eye. I’ll try and get it together.


13 posted on 09/30/2012 8:51:18 PM PDT by Allen In Texas Hill Country
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To: SeekAndFind

Even if evolutionists could prove that the biological machinery of life arose spontaneously (which they can’t), they can’t even come close to explaining how the genetic code came to be.

The information carried in our DNA is stored as a code and is decoded by biological nano-machinery. A code is meaningless without an INTELLIGENCE bestowing meaning upon what would otherwise be arbitrary arrangements of proteins.

A vastly less complex analogy would be the English alphabet. We have 26 letters that when arranged in certain sequences form words, which when arranged into other sequences form sentences, then paragraphs, etc. There are also spelling conventions and rules of grammar. Yet, absent an intelligent mind assigning meaning to all of the components of written communication and an intelligence establishing rules for decoding written language, our letters and words and sentences would be nothing more than arbitrary meaningless blots of ink on paper. Even if you could somehow prove that the paper and the inkblots arose spontaneously, so what? It is a quantum leap beyond that to prove that the meaning contained in even a simple sentence arose without intelligent design, much less works such as the sonnets of Shakespeare or War and Peace.

Evolutionary theory is therefore foolish. It is impossible for a code to arise by chance since by definition it requires an intelligent mind to assign meaning to it.


14 posted on 09/30/2012 8:51:58 PM PDT by noiseman (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: max americana
When I was in HS we openly and freely talked about Creationism, Intelligent Design, and Evolution. Nobody freaked out and you could believe what you wanted. As time went on, taking Theology as well as Biology courses in college, my belief in ID solidified. I say my belief because the evolution aspect is and always will be theory as I don't believe it can ever be proved, and when speaking to someone that wants to show you “proof “ of evolution you know you are not speaking with a true Scientist.

I also find it amusing when people quote Darwin's “Origin of Species” as proof of Evolution with out God,, they neglect the fact that when written in 1859, Darwin still considered himself Christian, and, well, Science HAS evolved sense 1859! We KNOW “Origin of Species” isn't pure science. But with the fossil record we do have as well as other evidence, I do believe in a divine hand in an evolutionary process created by God that man doesn't completely understand, but as with all things God does.

15 posted on 09/30/2012 8:54:14 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: mdmathis6; Viennacon

Should read “hoped for”...Sorry!


16 posted on 09/30/2012 8:56:28 PM PDT by mdmathis6 (We have grieved the Holy Spirit, with our Dark hearts and dark minds turned against God!)
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To: MacMattico

How does one presume to know whether God is “intelligent”?


17 posted on 09/30/2012 8:59:50 PM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: SeekAndFind

I know I’ll be considered simple minded, but, if we evolved from apes, why are there still apes?


18 posted on 09/30/2012 9:00:06 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: MacMattico

How does one presume to know whether God is “intelligent”?


19 posted on 09/30/2012 9:00:06 PM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: noiseman
Evolutionary theory is therefore foolish. It is impossible for a code to arise by chance since by definition it requires an intelligent mind to assign meaning to it.

That it did not arise by chance does not mean that it did arise immutable. There is no apparent logical reason that evolution cannot be inherent in the design.

20 posted on 09/30/2012 9:01:07 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: SeekAndFind
And 54% of people think that Monkeys can build Space Shuttles.
21 posted on 09/30/2012 9:01:28 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (How do you insult an Obama Voter? Call them an Obama Voter.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I still believe.


22 posted on 09/30/2012 9:12:11 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: JmyBryan

Even believing there is a God involves Faith. Because I do believe in God, and that he created all things, even if by using an evolutionary process, I deem this to show a very high level of Intelligence. I believe my daughter is intelligent, and she has yet to master geometry. The creator of all things must have what we define as intelligence. I would think if you don’t believe God is intelligent, you’re an atheist.

Intelligence involves reason, logic, a high level of mental acuity. I wouldn’t have faith in a God not possessing these attributes. Are we not made in Gods image if you are a believer?


23 posted on 09/30/2012 9:13:12 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: SeekAndFind

If more people believe in it, it must be true. Just like liberalism, even more so, creationism is a full of wishful thinking for insecure minds.


24 posted on 09/30/2012 9:17:40 PM PDT by sagar
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To: Mortrey
The theory goes that Apes can still exist with man because we branched off from a common ancestor into the hominid group roughly 7 million years ago. We continued to evolve based on what we encountered in our environment and through gene mutation.

Don't kill the messenger! And anyone can feel free to fix my botched explanation!

25 posted on 09/30/2012 9:29:59 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: sagar
I started out a Bible believing, millions of years, evolutionist. Then I went to the University of Nebraska for my Masters and other post graduate work and studied biology, mathematics, and chemistry and became a 6 day, young earth creationist. Science convinced me that The only strange thing about the creation account in the Bible was that it took God 6 whole days.
26 posted on 09/30/2012 9:32:36 PM PDT by cotton
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To: MacMattico

Well said. I say the same thing about these liberal cretins who chime in with Darwin’s OOS, and it creeps them out that he actually stated he considered himself a Christian, which has been factual. Then again, arguing with liberals is like explaining the laws of relativity to Daffy Duck.


27 posted on 09/30/2012 9:46:06 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: Viennacon

Science thrives on unanswered questions.


28 posted on 10/01/2012 4:38:21 AM PDT by Natufian (t)
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To: Mortrey

If Americans came from Europe, why are there still Europeans?


29 posted on 10/01/2012 4:39:45 AM PDT by Natufian (t)
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To: cotton
The only strange thing about the creation account in the Bible was that it took God 6 whole days.

True...He could have done it in one day; or before breakfast...

30 posted on 10/01/2012 5:36:36 AM PDT by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailerpark...)
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To: JmyBryan

You mean beyond the complex yet ordered universe?

How about DNA then? Not much more complicated living breathing code than that. And it only explains the physical not those intrinsic qualities that we take for granted, bordering on god-like.


31 posted on 10/01/2012 7:19:52 AM PDT by BrandtMichaels
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To: plain talk

I’ve been reading your FR homepage - we have similar backgrounds except I am a ‘now converted’ true believer in yec and everything biblical.

Please consider that true science never discards and hides data which contradicts preferred theories and bias. Also the powers-that-be rarely state assumptions up front causing much more confusion between what has been proven and what is mere conjecture. Modern science imho has been badly distorted primarily due to government forced public-funding and ivory tower thinking.

Also the history of science was a defense of the Bible and has now transmogrified [thanks to Calvin and Hobbes - Oh and it is a real word] into naturalism or proving only the physical - God and god-like pondering no longer allowed!!!

Here is just the 1st link from my FR homepage [the 2nd is my favorite though - all gathered from years of lurking/reading crevo debates on freerepublic]. There is more evidence for yec than against for any fair-minded thinking person.

101 Evidences for a Young Age of the Earth...And the Universe
http://creation.com/age-of-the-earth

One other thing - not sure where you got the idea that conservatives are trying to build a utopian society - I’ve always read, heard, and felt that is a strictly liberal progressive communist ideology. Enjoy.


32 posted on 10/01/2012 7:40:48 AM PDT by BrandtMichaels
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To: Natufian
If Americans came from Europe, why are there still Europeans?

I don't believe in Europeans.

33 posted on 10/01/2012 8:14:05 AM PDT by tnlibertarian (Government's solution to everything: Less freedom.)
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To: MacMattico

Being made in God’s image to me has little to do with our opinions of what is or is not reasonable, logical or possessing mental acuity.

“God’s purpose” is, in IMHO, impossible for the human mind to fathom through reason.

I believe Faith in God is a neccesity, but presuming to know the “mind of God” is not Faith but hubris.


34 posted on 10/01/2012 10:26:26 AM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: BrandtMichaels

How does God gauge complexity or orderliness?


35 posted on 10/01/2012 10:28:13 AM PDT by JmyBryan
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Then I went to the University of Nebraska for my Masters and other post graduate work and studied biology, mathematics, and chemistry and became a 6 day, young earth creationist.

Masters in Applied Mathematics
PhD in Electrical Engineering

Solid YEC ...

But now I'm feeling kindof insecure in my mind ... /sarc

36 posted on 10/01/2012 11:05:22 AM PDT by dartuser ("If you are ... what you were ... then you're not.")
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To: JmyBryan

I don’t presume to know the mind of God, that would be impossible, but it doesn’t mean I don’t look for purpose and what he wants for me in everyday life.


37 posted on 10/01/2012 3:58:10 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: JmyBryan

Try to remember to ask Him when you meet Him...


38 posted on 10/03/2012 10:39:36 AM PDT by BrandtMichaels
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