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Based on personal experience (from debating creationists on the web), just in the West, I'd put Southern Baptists on top on absolute numbers. If fundie Catholics outnumber them, then they are much less aggressive about spreading their views to outsiders.

On a broader definition of fundamentalist: the 43% of Americans still subscribing to Young Earth Creationism in the latest polls is 130 million people.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Oct 16th, 2010 at 02:18:41 PM EST
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Based on personal experience (from debating creationists on the web), just in the West, I'd put Southern Baptists on top on absolute numbers. If fundie Catholics outnumber them, then they are much less aggressive about spreading their views to outsiders.

You're working from a biased sample here, though, for a couple of reasons.

  1. The English-speaking world is mostly Protestant, and the Catholic Church has most of its base in non-English-speaking countries.

  2. Catholic fundagelicals tend to not be Creationists, since the Papacy discourages overt displays of this particular form of burning stupid. They come out in greater force when the topic is HIV/AIDS denialism (which they support) or the prosecution of paedophiles (which they do not support).

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Oct 16th, 2010 at 04:39:23 PM EST
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the 43% of Americans still subscribing to Young Earth Creationism in the latest polls is 130 million people.

And it would not surprise me to find that this number is larger than the number who attend church more than four times a year.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Oct 17th, 2010 at 11:13:10 PM EST
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It is almost certainly larger than the number of people who have actually read any significant portion of the Bible. By an order of magnitude or so...

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Oct 18th, 2010 at 05:16:13 AM EST
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