What do you believe?

It seems that more Americans believe in the Devil, Hell and Angels than in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

A new Harris Poll tells us that an overwhelming majority of those in the US believe in God and that over 70% believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

The poll was conducted online within the United States between November 10 and 17, 2008 among 2,126 adults, aged 18 and over.

Some of the interesting findings include:

80% of adult Americans believe in God – unchanged since the last time we asked the question in 2005. Large majorities of the public believe in miracles (75%), heaven (73%), angels (71%), that Jesus is God or the Son of God (71%), the resurrection of Jesus (70%), the survival of the soul after death (68%), hell (62%), the Virgin birth (Jesus born of Mary (61%) and the devil (59%).

Slightly more people – but both are minorities – believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution (47%) than in creationism (40%).

Sizeable minorities believe in ghosts (44%), UFOs (36%), witches (31%), astrology (31%), and reincarnation (24%).

While a majority claim a belief in God, most aren’t displaying that belief through church attendance.

A quarter (27%) of adult Americans claim that they attend church once a week or more often, compared with 36% who say they attend less than once a year or never (18% each).

You can read more of the results here.

So while some would like us to believe that faith is a thing of the past, it is clear that millions of people are still convinced that there’s something more to life than what we can physically see.

I wonder where you would have stood on some of the questions asked in the poll.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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  • I never really think about what I believe in. I find it hard to believe there is a god I definately lean towards evolution.

    I’m not sure.

  • I think a lot of people believe in something.

    The unfortunate thing about America is many people seem ignorant of the fact that there are religions and other belief systems outside of Christianity. There’s a belief that you’re either a good Christian or an immoral heathen that believes in absolutely nothing.

    First, many people are neither Christian or Atheist.

    Second, Atheists can be moral too.

    Fortunately, there are some open-minded Christians here.

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