According to LifeWay Research's survey of 1,000 American Protestant pastors, the majority believe in the biblical creation story and 74 percent strongly agree that Adam and Eve were literally the very first human beings who lived on earth. As to the idea that God used evolution to create humankind, 64 percent strongly disagreed and 8 percent somewhat disagreed.
The respondents were almost evenly divided about the age of the earth.
Those having the strongest belief in creationism and a 6,000 year old earth came from the southern states and were Evangelical rather than Mainline Protestants.
On his American Family Association radio program, Buster Wilson expressed his pleasure that so many Protestants believe that there was a literal Adam and Eve. "So that's encouraging for us who believe the Bible," he remarked after reading the survey results. "It's encouraging to learn that pastors overwhelmingly still believe that the story in the Bible is true."