A family sits down together to mark the anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the publication of the Origin of Species. According to our research, we might find that grandma would represent a typical Young Earth Creationist. She believes in a theistic God and finds her meaning in the unique significance of being created by God.• Just 37% of respondents agree that Darwinian evolution is a theory so well established it is beyond reasonable doubt, with nearly a fifth (19%) believing it has little or no supporting evidence. 36% state that the theory is still waiting to be proved or disproved.
Then we would have mum and dad, they are middle aged and in social group C1. Both believe in evolution but have slightly different views. Mum is a Theistic Evolutionist, believing that there is a God who controlled evolution, but dad is an Atheistic Evolutionist. Mum has always believed there is a God and takes the opening chapters of the Bible as a theological but not a literal account. Dad, on the other hand, used to believe in God but no longer does, he thinks that science has challenged religious belief and is more convinced by science. He doesn’t believe there is life after death or in spiritual things.
Finally there is the 25 year old son, he is a young graduate and open-minded. He thinks that evolution is a theory that is still waiting to be proved or disproved and as a result believes in Intelligent Design. He is not convinced by any supposed nihilistic implications of evolution and he thinks that human origins are best explained by a combination of science and the intervention of a higher power.
• An overwhelming majority of people (75%) believe that science can explain many things, but not everything.
• Only 10% consider science and religious belief to be completely incompatible.
• More than half of the population (53%) believes in God. Interestingly, while 8% of people say they used to believe in God but no longer do so, this is equalled by the number of people who believe in God but have not always.