In Iceland, no young people believe God created the world
A new study conducted by the polling firm Maskína on behalf of Siðmennt, the Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association, failed to identify any young Icelanders who accept the creation story of the Bible.
According to this report, fewer than half of Icelanders claim they are religious and more than 40 percent of young Icelanders identify as atheist.
Remarkably the poll failed to find young Icelanders who accept the creation story of the Bible. More than 93 percent of Icelanders younger than 25 believed the world was created in the big bang, 6.1 percent either had no opinion or thought it had come into existence through some other means and 0.0 percent believed it had been created by God.
The population of Iceland, for the record, are among the happiest and best educated people on the planet. Around 330,000 people live in the country.
The poll found that just 46.4 percent of Icelanders identify as religious, which is the lowest figure to date.
Older people are far more likely to profess religious beliefs and to identify as Christian than those who are younger. 80.6 percent of those older than 55 identified as Christian but only 11.8 percent said they were atheists.
At the same time 40.5 percent of people who were 25 years or younger said they were atheists, and only 42 percent said they were Christian. Traditional Christian beliefs also seem more common outside of Reykjavík, where 77-90 percent of people identified as Christian.
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 percent supported the full separation of church and state while 28 percent opposed separation
Currently the Icelandic constitution stipulates that the state church of Iceland is the Icelandic Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Hat tip: Peter Sykes.