Gallup finds religious views rise
Despite changes in culture and new discoveries in science, the idea God created humans in their present form has ticked upwards 2% since 1982 to include 46% of Americans. 32 percent think God directed evolution to produce us, and 15% say no deity was involved.
COMMENT: I do think there is a divine intelligence that influenced us to evolve into spiritual beings who believe in such things as beauty, altruism, and philosophy as well as having the need to seek a divinity. I've read strictly mechanistic biological explanations for these things but have not been convinced. (That includes reading Dawkins, a brilliant man who created his own definition of what God was and then argued God as defined by Dawkins was irrational.) I wonder if it's a universal condition that any beings evolving anywhere to a human level of intelligence would develop spiritual awareness. Someday we'll drop on on the inhabitants of another planet and see if that's true: generalization from one species is certainly an iffy proposition.
(Thought experiment. Assume you are Moses and God has given you the understanding that creation was a 14-billion-year process of evolution. Are you going to try to explain this literally to a low-educated population? No, you'll write an allegory.)