Evolution and God

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GSS SCITEST4 asks

In your opinion, how true is this? … D. Human beings developed from earlier species of animals.

Frequency Distribution

HUMANS EVOLVED FROM ANIMALS

ROW
TOTAL

GOD COL TOTAL
Cells contain:
-Column percent
-N of cases
1
DEFINITELY TRUE
2
PROBABLY TRUE
3
PROBABLY NOT TRUE
4
DEFINITELY NOT TRUE
1: DONT BELIEVE 9.3
51
2.3
26
2.0
12
1.0
12
2.9
101
2: NO WAY TO FIND OUT 9.5
52
5.6
63
2.9
17
.4
5
3.9
137
3: SOME HIGHER POWER 18.6
102
13.7
155
5.2
31
1.8
22
8.8
310
4: BELIEVE SOMETIMES 5.5
30
5.8
66
3.0
18
.9
11
3.5
125
5: BELIEVE BUT DOUBTS 19.5
107
21.8
246
22.2
132
5.7
71
15.8
556
6: KNOW GOD EXISTS 37.7
207
50.8
574
64.7
385
90.4
1,133
65.2
2,299
100.0
549
100.0
1,130
100.0
595
100.0
1,254
100.0
3,528


Color coding: <-2.0 <-1.0 <0.0 >0.0 >1.0 >2.0 Z
N in each cell: Smaller than expected Larger than expected

As you would expect, this also holds for BIBLE:

Frequency Distribution

SCITEST4

ROW
TOTAL

BIBLE COL TOTAL
Cells contain:
-Column percent
-N of cases
1
DEFINITELY TRUE
2
PROBABLY TRUE
3
PROBABLY NOT TRUE
4
DEFINITELY NOT TRUE
1: WORD OF GOD 14.0
47
21.0
160
31.6
134
54.5
466
34.0
807
2: INSPIRED WORD 44.9
151
56.7
432
54.7
232
41.5
355
49.2
1,170
3: BOOK OF FABLES 39.6
133
21.7
165
12.5
53
3.3
28
15.9
379
4: OTHER 1.5
5
.7
5
1.2
5
.7
6
.9
21
100.0
336
100.0
762
100.0
424
100.0
855
100.0
2,377

The trend holds when you compare across groups by educational attainment. Here is a table of the average response to SCITEST4 (lower = better).

Main Statistics

DEGREE

ROW
TOTAL

GOD COL TOTAL
Cells contain:
-Means
-N of cases
0
LT HIGH SCHOOL
1
HIGH SCHOOL
2
JUNIOR COLLEGE
3
BACHELOR
4
GRADUATE
1: DONT BELIEVE 2.71
14
1.87
47
2.33
3
1.32
25
1.75
12
1.85
101
2: NO WAY TO FIND OUT 2.36
14
1.93
55
1.25
4
1.69
36
1.56
27
1.82
136
3: SOME HIGHER POWER 2.12
33
2.13
146
1.88
17
1.62
81
1.41
32
1.91
309
4: BELIEVE SOMETIMES 2.37
19
2.17
66
2.14
7
1.94
18
1.47
15
2.08
125
5: BELIEVE BUT DOUBTS 2.52
62
2.40
292
2.56
36
2.06
108
1.88
58
2.30
556
6: KNOW GOD EXISTS 3.06
414
3.20
1,251
3.07
146
2.82
344
2.38
132
3.06
2,287
2.89
556
2.88
1,857
2.81
213
2.37
612
2.00
276
2.72
3,514
Color coding: <-2.0 <-1.0 <0.0 >0.0 >1.0 >2.0 T
Mean in each cell: Smaller than average Larger than average

8 Comments

  1. i am very curious about the ones who dont believe in god but are sure that humans didnt evolve from animals 
     
    some cognitive dissonance here ?

  2. Gh: ?i am very curious about the ones who dont believe in god but are sure that humans didnt evolve from animals 
     
    some cognitive dissonance here ?? 
     
    A person could notice that life events have no correlation with good or bad and then conclude that god does not exist. That same person might also believe that the human mind does not arise from biology and evolution. 
     
    When choosing between human beliefs the correct answer will often be ?none of the above?.

  3. i am very curious about the ones who dont believe in god but are sure that humans didnt evolve from animals 
     
    some cognitive dissonance here ?
     
     
    or, too stupid to figure out the intent of the questions. ‘cognitive dissonance’ presupposes a mind comfortable and at ease with habitual reflective cognition.

  4. Interesting that those who “Know God Exists” and believe evolution is probably or definitely true safely outnumber the total of atheist/agnostics. 
    Indeed, from this survey it would appear that the populace can be basically divided between believers (“Believe but doubts” + “Know God exists”) who accept evolution and believers who reject it. The remainder appears rather marginal, making up much less than 20% of the population.

  5. Interesting that those who “Know God Exists” and believe evolution is probably or definitely true safely outnumber the total of atheist/agnostics. 
     
    are you seriously expressing any surprise that the raw numbers of theistic evolutionists dwarfs atheistic evolutionists??? no poll i’ve seen for americans has shown that atheists & agostics form more than 5% of the population. no poll i’ve seen for americans has shown that those with religious affiliation form less than 85% of the population (the majority of those without religious affiliation are not atheists or agnostics obviously). to me, ‘interest’ denotes some surprise. the fact that some idiots avow atheism and anti-evolutionism is pretty interesting i think. the fact that the vast majority of americans who accept evolution are theists shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with the breakdown of belief of the american public.

  6. interesting: the correlation between GOD and SCITEST4 holds within groups stratified by educational attainment at approximately the same strength (~.4)

  7. Has anyone taken into account that not everybody is honest about their beliefs? Some people would admit to being protestants sooner than admit to being atheists.

  8. Interesting that if you look at the column totals, there are twice as many people in the “probably true” column as in the “definitely true” column, but for the “not true” columns the situation is reversed.

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