Why are Protestant Pastors So Stubborn When It Comes to Accepting Evolution?

A recent survey by Lifeway on Protestant pastors and evolution shows a strong reaction against the idea of human evolution. There are several potential responses the theologically-oriented can have; one is to re-imagine the theological landscape of the Bible. In other words, one could take a prior religious worldview and reshape it to meet the demands of new scientific evidence. Another is to fortify oneself into a position, refusing to meet the science of the modern world under the belief that any change is a compromise of truth and that scientists are pawns of the devil. These are the two positions I examine in this new article at The Huffington Post and I provide examples of thinkers who represent them.

“In a new survey of American Protestant pastors byLifeway, 73 percent of ministers disagree with the statement “I believe God used evolution to create people.” Of that large number, 64 percent strongly disagreed. As you might expect, the numbers were close to the same for the question, “I believe Adam and Eve were literal people,” with 74 percent strongly agreeing and only 1 percent not sure.” Read the full article at The Huffington Post.

See also my review on Jerry Coyne’s book, Why Evolution is True for more.

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