semiopen wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:48 am
This has gotten quite a bit of publicity lately. Google "percent american christian who believe earth is flat" for example.
For example - Most flat earthers consider themselves very religious - https://today.yougov.com/topics/philoso ... -religious
Just 66% of millennials firmly believe that the earth is round
According to the article, 84% of US adults believe the earth is round. The remaining 16% are less sure. It's hard to imagine a non-Christian and/or a non-Trump supporter believing this.
According to another article
about that same poll:
Comparing religious beliefs, YouGov found that Democrats are slightly less likely to believe the Earth is round than Republicans (83 versus 89 percent, respectively). This, perhaps, could be an overprint of younger generations more likely to lean Democratic and older generations more likely to lean Republican.
(You can find these results on the original YouGov page, as well.)
The important factor, then, may be age and not political affiliation:
I have thought on numerous occasions that I was noticing a rise in unscientific and even antiscientific thought among the younger generation, by comparison both with my own generation and with those older than I am, and I have yet to be disabused of that impression.
The poll also found that 75% of flat-earthers considered themselves either "very religious" (52%) or "somewhat religious" (23%), while 25% considered themselves either "not very religious" (8%) or "not religious at all" (17%). I wonder how those numbers compare to the overall
spread of religiosity in the US. Is it the religious who are overrepresented among flat-earthers, or is it the irreligious? Or do the numbers line up to the point where religion might have nothing to do with it? This is not a rhetorical question. I am asking.