The number of adults in the United States who believe that God created humans in their present form sometime within the last 10,000 years is at a new low.
The results of a Gallup poll published earlier this week show that 38% of adults in the United States hold a creationist belief of human origins, which is down from 46% a few years ago. 57% believe in some form of evolution (either with or without “guidance” from a god).
Gallup has been asking this question with this wording since 1982, and this is the first time since then that belief in creationism has been this low.
But there is still a lot of work to do. After all, 38% of adults in the U.S. still believe God created modern humans less than 10,000 years ago. That is absurd. And absurd beliefs should be challenged. So what can you do? First, always remember that all beliefs should be subject to revision based on evidence, including your own. Second, challenge yourself and others to be humble regarding personal beliefs and to value evidence-based reasoning over faith when determining what is true.
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I'll leave you with this quote from comedian and musician Tim Minchin: "We must think critically, and not just about the ideas of others. Be hard on your beliefs. Take them out onto the veranda and beat them with a cricket bat.... Be intellectually rigorous. Identify your biases, your prejudices, your privilege."