Majority of Americans now ‘accept’ evolution, study reveals
More Americans believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution than those who do not, according to a new study. University of Michigan researchers explain “public acceptance” of evolution is now firmly above the halfway point – with the shift occurring over the past five years or so.
“From 1985 to 2010, there was a statistical dead heat between acceptance and rejection of evolution,” says lead researcher Jon D. Miller of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research in a university release. “But acceptance then surged, becoming the majority position in 2016.”
Study authors point to greater rates of higher education. An analysis of data spanning the past 35 years reveals multiple aspects of education as the strongest factors predicting belief in evolution. Such educational elements include graduating college, civic science literacy, and taking science courses at college.
“Almost twice as many Americans held a college degree in 2018 as in 1988,” comments study co-author Mark Ackerman, a researcher at Michigan Engineering, the U-M School of Information, and Michigan Medicine
Herbert W. Armstrong described higher education’s almost universal acceptance of evolutionary theory in his book Mystery of the Ages.
Why is mankind here on the earth? Did we simply happen? Or was there design and purpose?
We say there is a cause for every effect. The effect, here, is man. Man is here. How—why did he come to be here? Was he put here, or did he just happen by blind, senseless, unintelligent processes of evolution?
We ought to want to know!
This is a mystery that has baffled higher education.
Higher education during the twentieth century has come, with virtual unanimity, to accept the evolutionary theory. It no longer even considers the possibility of a designed and planned creation by a God of supreme mind, perfect intelligence, and limitless power. But the evolutionary theory cannot in any degree explain a paradoxical world of awesome accomplishment that is at the same time utterly helpless to solve its problems of mounting and continually escalating evils. It can give no purpose for human existence. Higher education contemptuously ignores, without any consideration whatsoever, the biblical truths revealing man’s presence on the earth and the causes of the present state of civilization. Education in the civilized world today has become entirely materialistic. Education has become a combination of the agnosticism of evolution, the politics and economics of Karl Marx and the morals and social patterns of Sigmund Freud. Higher education remains in utter ignorance of the mystery of mankind and of human civilization.
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