Feeling Types Less Likely to Believe in Evolution

In a study of University of Wisconsin Colleges students, participants with Feeling preferences were more likely to believe in creationism, while students with Thinking preferences favored secular evolution.

Students completed questionnaires designed to indicate their belief or acceptance of God and the theory of evolution, and to determine their personality type. (It is worthwhile to note that, in Gallup polls of religion by state, Wisconsin inhabitants consistently indicate that they are as religious, or very slightly less religious, than the average American.) 50% of the participants were determined to be Creationists, scoring high in a belief in a god with a low acceptance of evolution. Researchers were not surprised to find a connection between Feeling types and the Creationists, as prior personality research has consistently demonstrated a link between the Feeling preference and religion.

17.7% of the students were categorized as Secular Evolutionists, those who indicated a low belief in God but a high belief in evolution. Again, the fact that the Secular Evolutionist participants were more likely to be Thinking types was not unexpected. Thinking types prefer to make decisions based on supporting data and logical analysis rather than personal feelings or values, an approach that can conflict with faith-based religion.

Also interesting was the fact that 17.2% of the participants indicated no strong belief in either God or evolution, a response classified as Other. This percentage is almost as high as that of the Secular Evolutionists and higher than Theistic Evolutionists (15.1%), who scored high in both theism and evolution. Amongst the Other and Theistic Evolutionist categories, Perceiving types were more common than other types. This may be related to the tendency of Perceiving types to avoid make decisions, preferring instead to keep their options open.

The researchers hope that studies of this nature will increase religious tolerance by inspiring people to consider that religious differences may be more a matter of personality type, rather than right or wrong.

The Study was led by the University of Wisconsin and published in the March 2011 issue of the Journal of Psychological Type.

Comments

I'm guessing this only really applies to the USA... Almost everybody in the rest of the world believes in evolution (including religious people).

Interesting, I am actually an atheist "feeler" but this study doesn't surprise me.

Well, THAT is interesting! I have always flip-flopped from test to test on my F and my T, always near the line on that one (but pretty solidly an EN and P, even over 20 years and with the life changes that come with time).

I am religious enough to have gone to Seminary and consider a calling to priesthood. But I belong to an extremely liberal church. I do believe in the Creation myth, in that I believe there is a higher power responsible for the physical world. But I also love science and relish learning about new discoveries about our history. To my mind, learning more and more about ourselves isn't in conflict with belief in God. Science enhances our understanding of Creation.

I find it very interesting that this world view is so consistent with the results of the study you cite. Makes you think about whether God created us in His image, or we created Him in ours.... (and I'd be fine with either answer.)

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