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How many Americans actually believe the earth is only 6,000 years old?

How many Americans actually believe the earth is only 6,000 years old?

November 12, 2013 - For thirty years, Gallup has been asking Americans their views about evolution and human beings, and the results have been remarkably consistent and stable.

Last year, Gallup once again reported that nearly half of the country believe the Biblical version of events: “Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years.”

The Bible doesn’t actually say how long ago the account of creation in the book of Genesis was supposed to have taken place. But in 1650, Church of Ireland Archbishop James Ussher used the stories of the Old Testament to calculate that the world had been created on Sunday, October 23, 4004 BC. His wasn’t the only calculus based on the Bible, but it became the most popular and is still influential with creationists today.


And according to Gallup, that calculation is still so popular, nearly half of America believes it describes the age of the earth.

But Josh Rosenau, with the National Center for Science Education, wrote this week that very different results emerge when slight changes are made to the questions that Gallup asks, and the actual number of “young-earth creationists” in the U.S. is probably much lower than Gallup claims.

Rosenau points out that the Gallup poll specifically asks about human origins, and does so in a religious context.



( via rawstory.com )



9 comments

  • Leland Judsyn#

    Leland Judsyn wrote November 15, 2013 9:58:20 PM CET

    DNA = Computer coded software
    Elements under microscope = Large amounts of empty space
    Observer Effect = Our universe only reacts if someone is watching

    There is phone books worth of science to support the holographic universe even the leading University like Boston also have proven this. You can look at all the old rock and bones you like it does not change the fact our simulation was likely turned on less then 6000 years ago.

  • j001#

    j001 wrote November 15, 2013 2:36:47 AM CET

    @properREDeye November 12, 2013 2:06:19 PM CET

    I agree. I still can't understand how can someone believe that millions-years nonsense.

  • properREDeye#

    properREDeye wrote November 14, 2013 4:15:21 PM CET

    Did i get accused of supporting some ridiculous ideas because i refuse to believe in a fairytale? At least some of the subjects Pateriot mentioned are provable furthering his state of hypocrisy, like false flag events and the governing elite (the 1%). Research the Gulf of Tonkin incident for evidence of a false flag if you doubt their existence, or look at the insider trading before & after any major financial meltdown in recent history for proof a group is pulling the strings from behind the scenes. "He who does not know history is destined to repeat it" Edmund Burke philosopher & politician 1729-1797

  • Ufojay#

    Ufojay wrote November 14, 2013 7:25:41 AM CET

    Anybody who believes the Earth is only 6,000 years old is a disgrace and embarrassment to our species.

    There is ZERO evidence that supports a young Earth.

    The speed of light proves beyond a doubt that the Earth is much older than 6,000 years. There are stars and galaxies, visible to the naked eye that are millions of light years away. If the Earth was 6,000 years old, we would not be able to see them yet.

  • Leland Judsyn#

    Leland Judsyn wrote November 13, 2013 3:30:30 PM CET

    @properREDeye I agree with you all evidence and factual info proves the world is really less then 6000 years old. Just as a Universe simulation like World of Warcraft has 1000's of years of rich history we know it was actually turned on in 2004 making it less then 20 years old.

    Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
    Albert Einstein

  • Zabernismer#

    Zabernismer wrote November 13, 2013 3:08:24 AM CET

    The World is had enough of ya..
    http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/114902/American_Are_Not_Stupid_/

  • Pateriot#

    Pateriot wrote November 13, 2013 12:37:38 AM CET

    How many of you who ridicule Christians for their beliefs also believe that we never landed on the moon, or that 911 was an "inside job", or that every nut with a gun or bomb is a "false flag event", or that aliens are walking around Earth and made man, or a small group of "elite" humans control everything that happens on Earth, or Niburu is about to pass Earth and end civilization, or...

  • SamH#

    SamH wrote November 12, 2013 2:11:10 PM CET

    Nearly half of the American people är morons, why am I not surprised?

  • properREDeye#

    properREDeye wrote November 12, 2013 2:06:19 PM CET

    Lmfao... really?
    Has science taught us nothing in the last 200 years?
    Well if you are presented with evidence and factual information but still choose to believe something else there is a specific word in the English dictionary for that... ignorant!!!

 
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