Evolution versus Creation: Why are Americans divided?


T
his
week is the bicentennial birthday of Charles Darwin, but not all Americans
are celebrating.  Americans are split about the validity of his
theory that humans (and life in general) evolved through natural selection. This
divide has been stable over decades, according to surveys by Pew
and Gallup.
    Consider,
for example, how Americans answered questions last year about evolution
and alternative explanations. In this Gallup survey, Americans’ beliefs fell into one of three categories:
      Creationism:  44% of Americans said, “God
created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within
the last 10,000 years or so.”
      Intelligent
design: 36% of Americans said, “Human beings have developed over millions
of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process.”
      Evolution: 
14% said, “Human beings have developed over millions of years from
less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process.”

Why
do so many Americans reject evolution as an explanation of life? 
Attitudes are correlated with religion, as we’ll discuss later this
week, but is that the real reason?

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