Gene Veith points out this recent poll:
A new Harris Poll gives some fascinating details about what Americans believe and donâ€™t believe .
The numbers clearly favor the proverbial Big Man Upstairs: 80 percent say they believe in God; among those who attend church weekly, the number is 98 percent. Three-quarters believe in miracles, 73 percent believe in heaven, 71 percent say Jesus is the Son of God and 71 percent believe in angels, the survey found. Seven out of 10 say Jesus Christ rose from the dead and that the Bible is, all or in part, the â€œWord of God.â€
More than two-thirds – 68 percent – believe in the â€œsurvival of the soul after deathâ€ and would describe themselves as religious. About 62 percent think that hell exists, 61 percent believe in the Virgin Birth and 59 percent say the devil exists.
In contrast, fewer than half – 47 percent – said they believe in Darwinâ€™s theory of evolution; a third said they did not believe in it while 22 percent were not sure what they thought. A full 40 percent said they believe in creationism, though the question did not elaborate on exactly what that term meant.
Supernatural phenomena of other kinds attract Americansâ€™ attention.
Overall, 44 percent of the respondents said they believe in ghosts, 36 percent say UFOs are real while 31 percent believe in both witches and astrology. About a quarter believe in reincarnation, or â€œthat you were once another person,â€ the survey found.