I was trawling through a conversation on why does science fiction invent new religions when the comment of one disgruntled participant grabbed me:
Unfortunately, on io9 about 95% of all religious conversation is “religion is creationists, the only smart people are atheists”. It rubs me the wrong way.
Such simplistic polarizations rub me the wrong way too, but I find myself now pausing and asking, how representative are creationists of religion? I mean globally? I mean, beyond the American bible belt? What about in Australia? What about in Europe? What about in Asian and Africa and beyond? Does anyone have any statistics?
I seem to recall past surveys in Australia indicating a 70-80% belief in God but only a 30-40% belief in hell, which suggests more than half of religious Australians, perhaps considerably more, could perhaps object to a “religion is creationists” stereotype. It would be interesting to dig deeper don’t you think?