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Religious Views on Evolution

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June 3, 2009 Tags: Christianity & Science - Then and Now
Religious Views on Evolution

Today's entry was written by the BioLogos Editorial Team. You can read more about what we believe here.

While many talk about a general conflict between religion and evolution, the truth is that the acceptance of the theory varies greatly among religions and even denominations. The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life's "U.S. Religious Landscape Survey", published last year, offers a glimpse into how religion and evolution intersect for different religions in America.

According to their survey, those of Buddhist, Hindu, and Jewish faiths were the most likely to accept evolution as the best explanation of human origins. Among Christians, Catholics were slightly more likely than mainline Protestants and much more likely than evangelicals to accept evolution. Evangelical Protestants, whom Francis has said are the main audience of The BioLogos Foundation, were half as likely as the general U.S. population to support evolution as the explanation for human life.

The full data of the survey can be found on the Pew Forum's website. They also offer a more in-depth look at responses to evolution from 13 religious different groups.

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