Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The number of religious groups that support evolution might surprise you

The number of religious groups that support evolution might surprise you

Atheists, agnostics, Buddhists and non-Orthodox Jews are the most accepting of both evolution and environmental rules, while Southern Baptists, Pentecostals and others are the most skeptical.

Josh Rosenau, an evolutionary biologist at the National Center for Science Education, created the chart above using data from Pew’s 2007 survey of American religious beliefs. Rosenau plots the attitudes of different denominations toward evolution on the horizontal axis and environmental laws and regulation on the vertical axis. The are of the circles indicates the relative population size of each group in Pew’s sample.

As the Post’s Chris Mooney writes, Rosenau points out that that there are far more groups that support evolution than creationism. “We need to get more of the pro-evolution religious out of the closet,” says Rosenau.

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