American Clergy on Evolution and Creationism

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Beliefs about evolution and the teaching of creationism among Evangelical Protestant, Mainline Protestant, and Roman Catholic clergy are compared. We hypothesize that Evangelical ministers will be less supportive of evolution than either Mainline clergy or Catholic priests, and that the attitudinal correlates of beliefs about evolution will be similar for all three groups. We also hypothesize that support for teaching creationism will be more pronounced among Evangelical ministers, but that the sources of such support will be similar across religious groups. All hypotheses were confirmed, except that beliefs in the inerrancy of the Bible, or concerning beliefs about evolution, are not related to support for teaching creationism among Catholic priests.


Catholic Church; Clergy; Creationism; Creationism--Study and teaching; Evangelicalism; Evolution (Biology); Evolution (Biology)--Study and teaching


Biblical Studies | Catholic Studies | Evolution | Political Science | Religion | Sociology


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