Exactly 0.0% of Icelanders under the age of 25 believe in intelligent design

That’s right: 0.0 percent, too few to even count.

According to a new poll, 0.0 percent of Icelanders under the age of 25 believe that God created the world.

That’s right: 0.0 percent, too few to even count.

The poll was conducted by Sidmennt, the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association, and surveyed Icelanders about their thoughts on religion and Christianity.

Although younger people all around the world are becoming more secular, Iceland appears to be the first country where young people have completely embraced science. According to the poll, 93.9 percent of Icelandic youth believe that the world was created by the Big Bang, while 6.1 percent were unsure or believe in something else.

Older Icelanders are more likely to believe that God created the earth. Still, only 24.5 percent of those in the oldest age demographic, 55 and older, believe that the world was designed, with 46.1 percent believing in the Big Bang,m. The rest were unsure or without an opinion.

Young people in Iceland are also more likely to throw out the God concept all together. Although a large number under 25 still identified as Christian (42 percent), atheists were a close second at 40.5 percent. The study also found that those in Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital and largest city, were much more likely to be atheists.

The survey also questioned Icelanders about the separation of church and state. Currently, Iceland still has a state church, the Icelandic Evangelical Lutheran Church. Seventy-two percent of all Icelanders supported the total separation of church and state, with 28 percent opposed.

Featured image via IcelandMag



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    Simon Peters

    January 15, 2016 at 3:42 am

    Technically 0.0% is not ‘too small to count’ – it is uncountable as it is zero.

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    jakov vrtaric

    January 15, 2016 at 5:48 am

    Problem is that “God” is presented as a personificated entity. “God”, maybe better called reality itself, can not be learned but experienced which is something education can not represent. Give those beautiful people a chance to experience a solid, controled psycodelic state and doubt starts to rise. Energy, reality is at least extremely more complicated than it seams from our materialisticly preassured societies if not called Godlike. We got so dettached from wonders of reality, fully attached to our ego that we almost cant experience it by mere existence anymore. Please dont get offended by my words, its my experience and by many who got to the point to really wanting to know what is actually going on. Peace

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    mark w

    January 15, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Perhaps your experience is enhanced by psychedelic state of mind created by endorphins in your brain….(just a thought )

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    Stanley Trent Bemis

    January 15, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    this should be a matter of concern.what is hoped for is that their capacity for myth n imagination not be threatened.the man in the sky is immaterial as long as there is something that takes it;s place.

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    January 15, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Sooo what the heck have you been smoking, God is an invention of a few to control a lot, of people because there is not, nor will there ever be an answer to the question, what and why are we, some of us have to invent answers for unanswered questions, hence, god, goddesses, magical people, generally men of late that live in the sky and we see them after we are dead, can’t prove otherwise.

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    January 16, 2016 at 1:06 am

    So what does that change? Do you claim to have an objective perception of the world? That’s such an obsolete modernist viewpoint. Google postmodernism (just a thought)

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    Pam Marrs

    January 16, 2016 at 8:55 am

    I believe we all have the innate knowledge of a creator, a life after our earth bodies die. We can feel the presence of “spirit guides” and that gives us the knowing. The words in the Bible are those of man but the spirit of a higher power is obvious.

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    Tom Moe

    January 16, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    So often these studies are everything but scientific. The question is how the term, “intelligent design,” is presented.

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    Tom Moe

    January 16, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    So if you Google this “survey” you will find that the choices were between Big Bang and God. Lots of Intelligent Design supporters, probably most, believe in Big Bang. Keep in mind a priest came up with the theory and thought that it demonstrated a time of Creation. As suspected, it was far from an accurate survey.

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    jakov vrtaric

    January 16, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Sorry I went too far trying to say why a word “God” is misused in this survey. Tom Moe put the idea much better. 🙂

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    jakov vrtaric

    January 17, 2016 at 12:45 am

    No, just that the view can be wider.

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    Harpa Rún Hilmarsdóttir

    January 17, 2016 at 2:50 am

    i’m Icelandic under 25 and believe in god and his creation.. Bullshit study 🙂

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