0.0% of Icelanders 25 years or younger believe God created the world, poll reveals

By Staff | 14 January 2016
Iceland Magazine

Iceland seems to be on its way to becoming an even more secular nation.
Iceland seems to be on its way to becoming an even more secular nation.

Iceland seems to be on its way to becoming an even more secular nation, according to a new poll. Less than half of Icelanders claim they are religious and more than 40% of young Icelanders identify as atheist. Remarkably the poll failed to find young Icelanders who accept the creation story of the Bible. 93.9% of Icelanders younger than 25 believed the world was created in the big bang, 6.1% either had no opinion or thought it had come into existence through some other means and 0.0% believed it had been created by God.

The poll, which was conducted by the polling firm Maskína on behalf of Siðmennt, The Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association, an association of Icelandic atheists, found that 46.4% of Icelanders identify as religious, which is the lowest figure to date.

Younger people and inhabitants of Reykjavík are least religious
Older people are far more likely to profess religious beliefs and to identify as Christian than those who are younger. 80.6% of those older than 55 identified as Christian and only 11.8% said they were atheists. At the same time 40.5% of people who were 25 years or younger said they were atheists, and only 42% said they were Christian. Traditional Christian beliefs also seem more common outside of Reykjavík, where 77-90% of people identified as Christian and 7.1-18 were atheists, compared to 56.2% of people in Reykjavík who identified as Christian and 31.4% as atheist.

0.0% of people younger than 25 believe God created the world
The poll found an even more dramatic difference between different generations when it probed how people believed the world had been created. Of those younger than 25 93.9% said the world had been created in the big bang and 0.0% believed God had created the world. 77.7% of those between 25 and 44 years old believed the world had been created in the big bang and 10.1% believed God had created the world. In all but the oldest age category a majority accepted the big-bang theory. Only 46.1% of those older than 55 believed in the big bang, and nearly a fourth, 24.5% believed God had created the world.

People in the oldest category were also most unsure about the origins of existence, as 16.6% of those older than 55 saying they either didn’t know or had no opinion on the origin of the world.

Growing support for separation of Church and State
The poll also found a growing percentage of Icelanders support the full separation of church and state. Out of those who expressed an opinion on the subject 72% supported the full separation of church and state and 28% oppose the separation of church and state. Currently the Icelandic constitution stipulates that the state church of Iceland is the Icelandic Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Why was the Big Bang theory presented as an alternative to God? This is what atheists and humanist are still so childish about. the results seem to show that the older and wiser people get the more likely they are to understand that science is not the alternative to God, but a useful description of what God did and is doing.

    • The article is talking about numbers believing in who ultimately created earth… To which most people answered what the article stated.

      If you are interested in commenting on an article, please stick to the content and the context of it, rather than trying to get an archaic point across that has no connection to the content.

      Besides that, have a good weekend… and please keep your faith secure in the knowledge that I have no interest in changing your mind, only teach you to read and comprehend what an article is all about.

    • Im not entirely sure that being older and being wiser are the same thing. As evidence I offer you all the middle aged white men slowly leading us to WW3 versus Malala…

    • Alternatively older people are a reflection of the times they grew up in and younger people are educated with the latest information.

    • The big bang was a phrase of ridicule from the atheist astronomer Fred Hoyle against the theory of cosmic inflation proposed by Jesuit priest and physicist George le metre. It’s the religious who need to grow up and educate themselves, science explains how nature operates and the arrogant man made concept of god seems to play no part in it.

  2. Sadly, in 100 years some people will still believe in God but they will be in the minority…unless conservative religious voices get their way and subvert the education system like to want to do.

  3. Material prosperity is why they hate God.too many shine and exciting thing to wear explore and the body too nice and emotional.

  4. Nobody's going to convince anyone that they are wrong on this subject. Beliefs imparted to young children with emotional intensity, no matter how fanciful, are there to stay. Indeed, those that incorporate them as children, cannot easily live without them as adults. In that sense, they are irreversibly arrested.

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