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More than two thirds of Gen Z believes it's possible to believe in God and Evolution

by Alex Collett

New research has found more than two thirds (64 per cent) agree that it is possible to believe in God and evolution, that's at least 10 per cent more than any other age group.

The findings are part of a new report from Theos and The Faraday Institute.

The research also found that 68 per cent believe that you can be religious and be a good scientist. 

Dr Nick Spencer from the Theos think tank told Premier he was torn about whether the research was shocking: "Yes, it was surprising because I wasn't expecting the most positive attitude to come from younger respondents. 

"No, because I've been working in science division for a very, very long time now and I'm conscious that the whole debate, if you like, not much fire and quite a lot of smoke. 
"It's a view that lots and lots of people have an opinion on and have strong opinions on.
"It's not quite the raging battlefield that so many people think."

When asked if the young generation are open to everything, Dr Spencer said:"The short answer is, we can't say definitely, because do that you need something called longitudinal data. 

"So you need to track the data from one generation to another.

"So we don't know if it is something just typical to 16 to 24 year olds and if they grow out of it? Or will they carry it with them? As they get older? Will it be a cohort effect in the jargon? 
My guess is it's the latter. I think, if you went back 15 years ago, with a whole new atheist moment, it felt like a war, people got really into these views, held them very strongly and that formed them.

"Then they carried those antagonistic views with them. 

"Our research was very clear that moment has passed, doesn't mean people are necessarily all harmonious about this.

"But they've got less of their identities invested in it and therefore they're more willing to have an open discussion about the possibilities. 

"So my hope is at least my sense is that it is the beginning of a more open potential for productive conversations."

The survey was conducted with 5000 people, within the research interviews were carried out with leading scientists and philosophers, including Brian Cox, Susan Greenfield, Adam Rutherford, and A.C. Grayling.

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