Over at the Huffington Post the American Enterprise Institute released a study that revealed that white evangelicals are not as worried about contracting the COVID-19 virus. This data stands in contrast to many other religious groups. While I am not surprised it remains disappointing to read, and quite simply its time for white evangelicals to embrace science.
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”
I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.
Psalm 138:2 NLT
This is going to be interesting to see how this develops especially with the changing landscape with the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. The American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in the Washington, D.C. are released a study that revealed that of all the religious groups white evangelicals were least concerned about contracting the coronavirus. The study was done by Daniel Cox of American Enterprise Institute. White evangelicals also believed that President Trump was handling the pandemic well. They stood in sharp opposition to all other faith groups. The survey from American Enterprise Institute was conducted between May 21 and June 5. If you recall that was a time when COVID-19 infections were on the decline in the United States. When this report was prepared the South and the West were not being hit as hard by COVID-19. With the recent surges in infection in Florida, Texas, Mississippi, Arizona and California it will be interesting to see how white evangelicals will respond. You can read more about this at the Huntington Post in, “White Evangelicals Aren’t As Worried About COVID-19 As Other Faith Groups: Study.”
Some Quick Thoughts
Call me surprised that evangelicals disbelieve science…. (NOT!) Call me shocked that evangelicals are by-products of living in bubbles that are cut off from the world (NOT!!). For me its disappointing that so many people are in pain, so much loss is taking place and white evangelicals dismissed the COVID-19 pandemic and downplayed it. I don’t understand the cognitive dissonance at all. Looking at these numbers in contrast to other Protestant and Catholics is just disappointing. White evangelicals need to embrace science and realize that it is not its foe. White evangelicals according to the Huffington Post were more eager to re-open states. The irony of this report of white evangelical behavior is that many evangelicals may end up validating that Charles Darwin was correct about natural selection. We;ll just have to wait and see.