For decades, belief in evolution has skewed along faith lines, with evangelical Christians as doubters on one side and agnostics and atheists as believers on the other. Now, according to a poll released by the Pew Research Center, the divide is skewed by politics as well. Republicans have become significantly less likely than Democrats to believe in evolution (43 percent vs. 67 percent). Just what we need: the thoughtfulness and delicacy of polarized politics added to the rancor already present.
I've been talking to people on both sides while publicizing a book, The Adam Quest: Eleven Scientists Who Held on to a Strong Faith While Wrestling With the Mystery of Human Origins. I'm struck, in these conversations, that neither side can believe that any thinking person could possibly believe what the other claims to believe. For them, their opponents' ideas for or against evolution must be a product of some form of hysteria or myopia or some conspiracy to either maintain a medieval worldview or destroy religion.
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