Are the vast majority of Christians Creationists?

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  • John S
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    NO, vast majority are Theistic Evolutionists -- anotherwards, God did it, but used natural processes to do it.

    However, those that agree with Evolutionary processes don't have anything to prove, therefore they are hard to distinguish from non-Christians who believe in evolution.

    Only those which have a chip on their shoulder or want to disprove Evolution take the time to speak up.. so that's all you hear from.

    Secondly, Creationism is more widespread in the U.S.

    Internationally, it is much less common, rare, in fact, for a Christian to be a Creationist.

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    As a case in point................

    Of the roughly 2.0 billion Christians in the world today..

    1.2 billion or roughly 2/3rds are Catholic. Catholics overwhelmingly believe in Evolution, as they don't see it conflicting with the central message of Genesis, like bible Literalists do.

    So right there alone, you have almost 2/3rds of Christianity believing in Evolution.

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    Further case in point to prove the above statistics....

    A Catholic Monk by the name of Gregory Mendel is considered the father of Genetics. He laid the ground work for Darwin's theories about heriditary and gene expression.

    Without a Catholic Monk.. Darwin might not have had the genetic theories which enabled him to formulator the theory of evolution.

    Secondly, A Catholic Priest by the name of Georges Le Maitre was first to propose the Big Bang theory, another theory which does not support a literal interpretation of Genesis.

  • Ishtar
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    No. Fundamentalists and evangelicals in the U.S. make up less than 25% of the Christian population, and not even all of them are Creationists. Most of the mainstream Christians accept evolution. And, of course, the vast majority of Christians outside the U.S. accept evolution.

    The Creationists make up for their lack of numbers by attempting to be louder than everyone else combined.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It depends on what you mean by Creationist. If you mean the belief that God created the world, then yes. If you mean the belief that God created the world 5,000 years ago, and that evolution is a lie, then I would say no. Although some denominations believe this, there are many that do not, as well as many individuals who do not. Christianity includes Roman Catholics, for example. My entire extended family is Roman Catholic, and I know of no one who believes in Creationism. According to a 2004 Harris poll, 40-50% of U.S. adults believe in biblical creationism (no evolution involved).

  • J
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Most Christians are not Creationists

    Source(s): agnostic-atheist
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  • 1 decade ago

    A good bit are, but some believe in Evolution, The Big Bang etc.

    I would probably say there is no Christian that isn't at least somewhat creationist, but some have other views in addition to creation.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolutionary_creation...

    Source(s): Atheism
  • 1 decade ago

    In two separate 2008 polls-Pew Research and Gallup-over 40% of Americans identified themselves as young Earth creationists.So no.Way too many are,though.

    That means that over 40% of the citizens don't have a grasp of basic science.That's truly frightening for the future of this country.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It depends on what you mean by creationists.

    Some say they're creationists in that God created life and paved the way for nature to take its course as it did.

    Some say God went POOF and made people/animals/vegetation just as they are now.

    They're all creationists to an extent. To them it always comes back to God, some just take it further

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Mature Christians accept creation, and regarding the "vast majority" God was willing to bargain with Abraham and spare the city of Sodom for the sake of TEN "righteous men." (See Genesis 18).

    For example, for those who claim to be "theistic evolutionists," haven't really thought their way through scripture, that way they don't "conflict" with evolution.....WHEN, in the course of evolution, did man "evolve" a soul?

    Are "hominoids" capable of (gasp) sin? At what point in evolution was Adam?

    The Bible states that God breathed into man's nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)...So which man was this, neanderthal man, peking man, Australopithecus afarensis, Australopithecus africanus, Australopithecus garhi, Australopithecus sediba or some other "hominoid?"

    If evolution is true, then how come there was DEATH before sin? (God called his creation VERY GOOD) are you calling God a liar?

    The obvious answer to these questions is that you can either accept creation or evolution; they don't mix, and those who claim they DO haven't studied scripture and are therefore spiritually immature.

    Jesus stated that God made them "male and female from the beginning," and scripture never refers to Adam as anything other than a man.

    Scriptural truth is not subject to an opinion poll or popularity contest anymore than right and wrong are matters of personal preference; God's absolute standards apply, and TODAY, God is looking for men of understanding of the evil times in which we live, NOT poll-takers.

    John the Baptist

  • Corey
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Globally, no. Within my country, it's not so good news. Here's what a 2004 Gallup pole found:

    of US adults (not just Christians):

    45% God created man pretty much in his present form at one time within the last 10,000 years.

    38% Man has developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process, including man's creation.

    13% Man has developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life. God had no part in this process.

  • 1 decade ago

    No, the majority aren't creationists.

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