Christianity Today: Pastors' Positions on Creation vs. Evolution Vary by Region, Church Size
Regardless of which position they personally support, clergy agree that disagreements over origins harm Christian outreach. However, they disagree on the nature of this harm.
While 85 percent of YEC pastors assert that “Christian disagreement on matters of creation and evolution is compromising our witness to the world,” 63 percent of TE pastors disagree with the statement. Meanwhile, 63 percent of TE pastors assert that “The church’s posture toward science prevents many non-Christians from accepting Christianity”, while 59% of their YEC and PC counterparts disagree.
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Clergy that are not informed about the choices beyond than Darwinian Evolution or Young Earth Creationism are not prepared to lead their congregations in consideration of the scientific data and how it aligns very well with the data of Genesis.
Note that the Essentialist viewpoint is not considered in the survey. This is due to lack of information about this Biblical and scientifically supported position.
Related reading: YEC Dogma is NOT Biblical; Evangelicals Surrender Too Much Ground to Darwin; Thomas Nagel: Neo-Darwinian Conception is False; Theories of Creation; Between Biblical Literalism and Biblical Illiteracy; Evangelical Colleges Battle over Creationism