The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Creationism holds steady

Four in 10 Americans believe God created humans in something like their present form within the last 10,000 years, according to a Gallup Poll.

That represents a slight dip from 2008 when 44 percent said they didn't believe divinely made humans evolved over time.

But the number has remained stable since 1982. Nearly as many Americans (38 percent in 2010) say they believe humans evolved over time but that God guided the process.

Americans who believe humans evolved apart from any divine intervention crept up from 14 percent in 2008 to 16 percent this year.


Robert Buntrock

Robert Buntrock

Posted at 4:58 pm (U.S. Eastern) 1/30/2011

The attack on science education, especially of evolution, by those promoting creationsim and intelligent design, continues at several local levels as well as via legislatures of several states.  Many of us Lutherans, Christians, and other peoples of faith consider this to be not only illegal but an unnecessary dichotomy of thinking, promoting non-sicence in science classes.  Along with more and more pastors signing The Clergy Letter, below for more on Evolution Weekend.  Many scientists, probably a majority, believe it is possible to be a scientist and a person of faith.

Feb. 11-13 is the sixth annual Evolution Weekend where participating churches focus on environmental issues as well as the relationship between religion (and I might add, faith) and science.

The Clergy Letter Project has a recommended list of resources for this weekend:
"Earthkeeping" and faith and justice resources are at this site:
including the ELCA Caring for Creation site:

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