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Attitudes to evolution among Christians, Muslims and the Non-Religious in Britain: Differential effects of religious and educational factors

Unsworth, Amy, Voas, David (2018) Attitudes to evolution among Christians, Muslims and the Non-Religious in Britain: Differential effects of religious and educational factors. Public Understanding of Science, 27 (1). pp. 76-93. ISSN 0963-6625. (doi:10.1177/0963662517735430)

Abstract

According to poll results and media reports, Britain has a significant and growing number of creationists. However, little scholarly research has been carried out to explore this phenomenon. We present results from a national survey of 6020 individuals to give a comprehensive picture of contemporary public attitudes to evolution in Britain. Furthermore, we explore the effects of religion and education on attitudes to evolution. Unique to this study, we analyse the effects of attending a religiously affiliated school (‘faith school’) on acceptance of evolutionary theory. We examine these effects in the general population, and additionally, across different Christian, Muslim and Non-Religious subpopulations. Results give strong evidence that the number of creationists has been overstated previously. We find the effect of education is complex and varies between different religious groups, but that faith school attendance is associated with more acceptance of evolution for people belonging to groups that tend to reject it.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0963662517735430
Uncontrolled keywords: Christian, creationism, evolution, media and science, Muslim, Non-Religion, public understanding of science, science and religion, science education, science in schools
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Q Science
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Amy Unsworth
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2018 14:38 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:18 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/70941 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Unsworth, Amy: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0395-1106
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