Based on information to be found at: http://www.csicop.org/si/show/when_dont_the_highly_educated_believe_in_evolution_the_bible_believers_effe/
The Bible-Believers Effect
Those who believe the Bible is the word of God (“Bible believers”) and those who don’t believe the Bible is the word of God (“Bible nonbelievers”) differ in their beliefs that humans evolved from earlier species of animals. Based on data from 2006 to 2012 in the General Social Survey (which is a nationally representative sample of American adults), 23 percent of those who believe the Bible is the word of God believe in human evolution, compared to 66 percent of those who don’t believe the Bible is the word of God.1
The stronger a person’s commitment to religion (i.e., the more strongly the person holds core religious beliefs and the more frequently the person engages in religious practices) the more likely the person is to deny scientific facts (such as human evolution and the big bang theory) that conflict with the person’s strongly held religious beliefs (cf. Kahan et al. 2012).
CLEARLY, I think, the emotional priority has precedence in religious persons. Belief is connected with escaping death (living forever), reward (heaven/ paradise), loyalty, love, fellowship, etc.
But, all the above comes at the cost of ones ability TO ACCEPT EVIDENCE over belief!
What is your reaction?
1. The results are from a sample of 4,084 respondents. Subsequent results are also from the General Social Survey.