Icelanders under the age of 25 don’t believe that God had a hand in creating the world, according to a new poll.
The poll carried out on behalf of Icelandic atheists suggests that Icelanders under the age of 25 don’t believe in God.
It suggests that the vast majority of the under 25’s in Iceland already know how the world came into being, with the remainder owning up honestly to the fact that they don’t know much about heavenly matters.
The poll suggests that not a single Icelandic young adult believes in god, and that over 90 per cent of the under 25’s believe in the big bang theory of the universe.
The church does not dispute strong scientific theories such as the big bang that suggests the universe came into being instantaneously 13.7 billion years ago, but says that it was done by the grace of god.
The Independent reports:
The poll, commissioned by the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association, claims that 93.9 per cent in the under 25 category responded that the universe was created by the Big Bang. Just over 6 per cent responded with ‘don’t know’ or ‘other’. None of the respondents, however, believed that the universe had been created by God.
The Iceland Magazine, which reported the findings, added that the poll showed younger people and inhabitants of Reykjavík were the least religious. It added: “80.6 per cent of those older than 55 identified as Christian and only 11.8 per cent said they were atheists. At the same time 40.5 per cent of people who were 25 years or younger said they were atheists, and only 42 per cent said they were Christian.
One Reddit user, however, criticised the poll as misleading. They said: “The question in the asked in the poll was confusing. It was ‘how do you think the universe came to be?’ and the answers were ‘the universe came to be in the big bang’ and ‘God created the universe’ or ‘Don’t know’ and ‘other’…”
The user added: “Many people believe that God is the root cause of the big bang, and the comments in the ‘Other’ section of the poll (page 14) are overwhelmingly about something to that effect, e.g. ‘God created the world in the big bang’ .
Other users pointed to the fact that the Big Bang theory was originally hypothesised by the Catholic priest and physicist Georges Lemaître.
In October 2014 Pope Francis said the theories of evolution and the Big Bang were real and God is not a “magician with a magic wand”. Speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope made comments which experts said put an end to the “pseudo theories” of creationism and intelligent design that some argue were encouraged by his predecessor, Benedict XVI.
Francis explained that both scientific theories were not incompatible with the existence of a creator – arguing instead that they “require it”.
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