Nonreligious Americans See Evidence of Creator (08.12.21)

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This week we’re going to be talking about what nonreligious people think about the existence of a creator. There are a surprising number of Americans who, even though they do not identify themselves as believers, recognize that the physical world provides evidence for a creator.

Nonreligious Americans See Evidence of Creator

“More than 4 in 10 of the nonreligious believe physics and humanity point to a creator, Lifeway Research finds. A third say human morality indicates a creator who defines right and wrong.

“And although the nonreligious are less likely than other Americans to see evidence of a creator, they are more likely to agree (46 percent) than disagree (40 percent) with the statement: ‘Since the universe has organization, I think there is a creator who designed it.’”

“Human life and a complex universe are powerful indicators of creation, Americans say. In a survey of 1,000 Americans, Lifeway Research found almost 8 in 10 (79 percent) believe the existence of human life means someone created it, while 72 percent think the organization of the universe shows a creator’s design.

“‘The infinitesimal odds that life arose by blind chance is a formidable argument,’ said Mary Jo Sharp, assistant professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University, and an author and speaker in the field.”

“Many atheists, agnostics, and those with no religious preference find the existence of human life to be a persuasive argument for a creator, with 43 percent agreeing: ‘The fact that we exist means someone created us.’ However, a larger share (48 percent) disagrees.

“The existence of good and evil is a less compelling argument for the nonreligious. More than half (53 percent) disagree with the statement: ‘Since people have morality, I think there is a creator who defines morality.’ Nevertheless, a third of the nonreligious (33 percent) think human morals point to a creator who defines right and wrong.” (Lifeway Research)

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