Interesting but not surprising article on HP:
One in three Americans doesn't believe in evolution, according to new survey results from the Pew Research Center.
The results, released Monday in report on views about human evolution, show that 33 percent of Americans think "humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time."
I grew up Congregational Protestant. I believe their is a God but not in the way the bible describes God (My beliefs are probably closer to quantum mechanics).
I believe Jesus existed. Was he the son of God? To me, it doesn't matter. What matters are the good intentions and teachings of how to treat others. If he was just another prophet that's fine.
I believe the entire first testament are parables, not real stories. Sure, there may have been a Moses but, just like anything human beings pass down either verbal or written, nothing is verbatim and things get changed to include superstition, politics, you name it (I don't believe, as some do, that those long before us were so much better at keeping history than we are now).
Adam and Eve? Parable. Not true. Cain and Able? Not true. Noah? For God's sake.
And I also believe in evolution. Completely. Without reservation.
...and I believe all these beliefs can exist side by side with each other without an entire belief system blowing up due to its fragility.
I just cannot understand the mental stupidity of someone who, knowing what we know now, can argue that we have not evolved from smart but limited little creatures to what we are today (and, lets face it, some of us still ARE limited little creatures). No surprise that most are evangelical republicans.
But, then again, I've actually thought about what I was taught in church and questioned it. Lets face it - if religion is too fragile to be held up to scrutiny then thats evidence right there that you're in trouble.
I cannot purport to know everything there is about the universe, even if I agree with common logic. Honestly, nobody can (not even some groups of atheists, who - lets face it - get off on telling those who believe in some elements of religion that we are all stupid). But I'd be hard pressed to believe that we were developed fully cro-magnon from the get-go. That's just bonkers - and reinforces my belief that some of us haven't evolved all that much.