Zimmerman disputes the rise of YEC among clergy

A biologist with scientific interest in the evolution-creation debate attributed a recent LifeWay Research poll reporting that three-fourths of Protestant pastors reject evolution, and nearly half believe the earth is about 6,000 years old, to a commonly held but false idea that science and faith cannot be reconciled.

Michael Zimmerman, academic vice president and provost at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., said he doubts that the 73 percent of pastors who told the Southern Baptist Convention research department that they disagreed with the statement “I believe God used evolution to create people” are a representative sample. Either way, Zimmerman said, “It is a shame that the respondents find that their religion demands that they turn away from the facts of the natural world.”

Associated Baptist Press – Clergy say evolution, faith can co-exist.

You know, I’m not so sure. I think that YEC is on the rise. I mean, look at the receipts of the Ark Park and the such. I’ve noticed that they are the very least, more vocal around here.

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2 Replies to “Zimmerman disputes the rise of YEC among clergy”

  1. I wasn’t able to find a lot of information about the methodology of the survey beyond the boilerplate from the LIfeway article:

    “The phone survey, conducted in May 2011, sampled randomly selected Protestant churches. Each interview was conducted with the senior pastor, minister or priest of the church called and responses were weighted to reflect the geographic distribution of Protestant churches. The completed sample of 1,000 phone interviews provides a 95 percent confidence that the sampling error does not exceed ±3.2 percent. Margins of error are higher in subgroups.”

    1000 is a pretty good sample size. It’s hard to know whether it was representative of the population or not, but I don’t find any reason to think there were any significant methodological issues. Short answer, it’s probably pretty accurate.

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