In Andrew Oldenquist's letter that appeared January 3, he said, "I'd be surprised if even 15 percent of Americans take Genesis literally". There have been a number of surveys performed which have posed very similar questions. A report on these appeared in latest issue of Creation Ex Nihilo Technical Journal. One survey in 1985 of nearly 2,400 science students at Ohio State University found that 47% did not believe Darwin's theory. An article by Zimmerman in a 1987 Ohio Journal of Science reported that 19.1% of Ohio science teachers did not believe in evolution. And there was a 1993 poll of the general population in which 47% agreed that "God created man pretty much in his present form within the past 10,000 years".
A second comment by Mr. Oldenquist also deserves some comment, as I have seen it proclaimed more that once in this paper. He talks about, "people who believe . . . that God separately created all the animal species that exist now." While that may be a belief of a number of people who hold to a literal rendering of Genesis, that is not exactly what modern creationists teach. According to a staff editor of the Creation Jonathan Sarfati, Ph. D., "Creationists do not claim that everything was created in exactly the same form as today's creatures. Creationists believe in variation within a kind, which is totally different from the information-gaining variation required for particles-to-people evolution."
In closing his letter, Mr. Oldenquist portrayed the debate as one of science vs. faith. But, there is also faith necessary on the evolutionist's side. He has faith that no divine intervention happened, that nothing gave rise to something, and that non-living matter gave rise to life. Professor Richard Lewotin, a renowned neo-Darwinist revealed his faith in an article in The New York Review in 1997, by saying, "materialism is an absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door."