Once again, as it has 11 times since 1982, Gallup has polled Americans on the question of human origins. Once again, the biased wording of the three belief statements on the menu of choices forces respondents into camps that do not reflect the views of many Americans -- myself included. Surely it is time to update the list by offering a fourth choice.
Here is how the question and choices currently are posed, with the 2012 percentages of Americans voicing each position represented in parentheses:
Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings?
1. Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided the process. (32 percent)
2. Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in the process. (15 percent)
3. God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so. (46 percent)
It is thus time to evolve the Gallup poll on evolution. Simply add a fourth choice:
4. Human beings emerged naturally from a long process of physical and biological creativity that can be spoken of religiously as "God's creation" or scientifically as "evolution."
This proposed choice would enable a respondent to express a view of human origins fully grounded in mainstream science, while bridging to the mythic, interpretive language of religious tradition.
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Evolution spans both science and religion, but it may take a long while before a comfortable connection reaches the mainstream. Please see The Overcontrol of Evolution in The Urantia Book