US Protestant Pastors overwhelmingly creationists?

Quite disturbing news today. A poll by LifeWay Research shows that apparently many US protestant pastors have big issues with evolutionary theory. 74% of the pastors believe that Adam and Eve were real people, and 64% reject the claim that God used evolution to create people. A startling conclusion follows:

“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.”

What for me was especially shocking that only 25% of the mainline pastors agrees that God used evolution to create people – meaning that 75% disagrees or doesn’t know. This means that even the more liberal pastors fall under the creationist category. Of course, I don’t know how reliable this poll is. But it seems obvious that there’s still much, very much to do for scholars in the field of science and religion…


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