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Religion and American Life survey from MSNBC

check out this survery from MSNBC: Results of NBC survey on religion and American life

It covers a variety of questions, many on whether churches should be involved in different social issues or not. The responses are intriguing. Note, for example, how many people don't think that churches should be involved in civil rights. Or the percentage of people that subscribe to a "total biblical" view of creation. That one really surprised me, I must say.

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John said…
Some of the questions are oddly phrased. "Do you believe churches and other religious groups and organizations should or should not be raising awareness and involved in gay marriage?" That could inspire people to answer 'very involved' because they support gay marriage or because they oppose gay marriage.

57% for creationism? That is surprising. I wonder how they comprised their polling sample.
I believe in God; I accept evolution as a currently reasonable explanation. If other evidence came along in the future, I could be persuaded that something else was a better explanation. Evolution is, after all, a falsifiable hypothesis. To be scientific, it pretty much has to be; That's the point.

My belief in "God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth..." isn't falsifiable. So which either/or alternative should I pick? People on both sides present this as a false choice: Jesus or Darwin - Pick one.

I see that there are more democrats than republicans, that more people than I supposed pray regularly, and that fewer than I thought volunteer. It's a very interesting survey; I'm glad you linked to it.
i found it interesting there wasn't a percentage on their web poll. does this mean that those who are spiritual don't give any creedance to msnbc's reporting on spiritual life matters that they don't visit their website?
Beth Quick said…
I agree, sanctimonious - setting up Jesus v. Darwin is the false choice that sets people up for confusion. Well-stated. Yes, I too wished I had more information about the poll. I'm assuming somewhere on the site there must be more statistics and info about gathering, etc., but I didn't find it. Maybe a story that went with it, or something...

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