Evolution: Education and Outreach

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 84–86

Creationism in Germany and its Possible Cause

Reports from the Field

DOI: 10.1007/s12052-007-0017-4

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Kutschera, U. Evo Edu Outreach (2008) 1: 84. doi:10.1007/s12052-007-0017-4


In a widely cited essay published in the journal Science (Aug. 2006), it was stated that in Germany a large majority of adults are convinced of evolution. Based on a new poll, I document that this conclusion is questionable. In Sept. 2005, 60.9% of the German population accepted naturalistic evolution, whereas 37.7% were creationists or adherents of intelligent design. Because among Christians of both confessions the percentage of anti-evolutionists is much larger than among atheists, I suggest that religious indoctrination of children may in part be responsible for the rejection of the concept of evolution, notably in the western part of Germany.


CreationismIntelligent designReligious indoctrination

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of BiologyUniversity of KasselKasselGermany