Reports from the Field

Evolution: Education and Outreach

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 84-86

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Creationism in Germany and its Possible Cause

  • U. KutscheraAffiliated withInstitute of Biology, University of Kassel Email author 

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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.


Creationism Intelligent design Religious indoctrination