PEW Research shows 73% of younger Americans believe in Evolution.
There are very few things that have caused a division in the people of the U.S. like the discussion of natural selection and creationism. In 1859 the world was rocked by the publication of the Origin of the Species which drove a huge web between those who believed in the creation by God of all items, and those who thought that there was evolution over time.
According to the rest of the world, including Europe, evolution is the perceived correct view. The U.S. however, has remained being one of the regions that fought against this view. According to many surveys that have been recently conducted, 4 out of 10 Americans believe that humans have existed since the beginning of time in their current forms. In many of the religious groups in the states, this number is higher.
There has been a strong shift however in ideas of late as there is now a position that ideas about creationism are starting to falter and Americans are starting to see the evolutionary light. The group that is responsible for this research is the Pew Research Center. When recently asked about their thoughts on evolution over 73% of younger Americans showed that their belief was in the evolution camp, this is a huge jump from the last survey which was conducted in 2009 of over 61%. The thing that is very clear now is that if you speak with a younger American and asked them how humans got here you would have an answer that had nothing to do with Creationism.
Quite a bit of these changes happened in 2005 when there was a groundbreaking decision to remove intelligent design from classrooms. What this means is that the shift has been rather dramatic over the past 10 years and that real progress has been made. The numbers are not just in schools but are also in the general populace as it is becoming more and more acceptable to see that there is secular evolution that is being discussed by people and this evolution is coming from the fact that people believe in the ability of there to be evolution outside of anything that happens with a creator.
Many people have asked if these numbers are correct or if they merely are a blip on the radar. As the overall data is examined it is becoming that true that these are the mechanisms of a cultural shift that is happening for man. America is less religious, there are 56 million people who do not affiliate as Christian. This shift is being seen by people of the younger generation and assures that they are going to continue to drive the trend into the future. What this means as well in the short term is that it is possible that the numbers will continue to decrease with the birth of more young people. More than 35% of all young people between the ages of 18-24% call themselves non-religious and do not believe in a God.
- PEW Research Center
- Amazon –Origin of the Species
- World Religion News – Joy behar and Candace Cameron Bure Debate Creationism