Most Religious Americans 'Not Strongly Wedded' to Either Creation or Evolution, Sociologist Says
When it comes to the debate over life's origins, a majority of religious Americans are "not strongly wedded" to either evolution or Creation, according to recently released research.
Sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund, Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and director of The Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University in Houston, Texas, co-authored a book detailing the opinions of about 10,000 American religious believers on science.
In an interview on National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson's podcast on Thursday, Ecklund explained that responses in the survey on belief in Creation or evolution were more complex than expected....
This is a somewhat hostile review of Richard Dawkins autobiography.
John Gray wrote: Among these traits, it is Dawkins‚Äôs identification with Darwin that is most incongruous. No two minds could be less alike than those of the great nineteenth-century scientist and the latter-day evangelist for atheism. Hesitant, doubtful, and often painfully perplexed, Darwin understood science as an empirical investigation in which truth is never self-evident and theories are always provisional. If science, for Darwin, was a method of inquiry that enabled him to edge tentatively and humbly toward the truth, for Dawkins, science is an unquestioned view of the world....
What is striking is the commonplace quality of Dawkins‚Äôs rebellion against religion. In turning away from the milk-and-water Anglicanism in which he had been reared‚ÄĒafter his conversion from theism, he ‚Äúrefused to kneel in chapel,‚ÄĚ he writes proudly‚ÄĒhe was doing what tens of thousands of Britain‚Äôs young people did at the time. Compulsory religious instruction of the kind that exists in British schools, it has often been observed, creates a fertile environment for atheism.¬†
excerpt from[URL=https://tinyurl.com/ych7buaw]]]https://tinyurl.com/ych7buaw¬†¬† (The closed mind of Richard Dawkins)[/URL]
There is nothing clearer in scripture than God creating in 6 literal 24 hour days. I don‚Äôt understand how He can be so powerful that He can simply speak something into existence, but He did. And let me add, I don‚Äôt have to understand a concept for that concept to be true.
Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.
To say this in today‚Äôs academia is to be ridiculed. And, it is likely to cost someone their jobs if they attempt to teach it. To say it in society at large will also warrant ridicule. I argued with an Old Earth Creationist for years and he never budged, although he could never answer my scriptural concerns. Ankerberg, among many others teach this OEC nonsense. Hugh Ross is their most famous proponent.
Christopher000 wrote: Well, God can't do just anything, after all. Whenever our limited and finite minds can't comprehend something, well then...it just can't be done. Funny how people seem to limit the God of all that is; the creator of all, the visible and invisible, to what their little minds can process. Mankind thinks he is so brilliant, and the master of all. The key words are, religious Americans. These are those who have a form of Godliness...they look good by all outward appearances, but are rotten inside as they pick and choose what they want to believe, and how they decide they want to live. They put God in a box, limiting Him to what they believe He's capable of, and dismiss those parts of His Word that just can't be so. Such a brilliant and mighty species we are.
Good post Christopher and shows just the state of natural man and why the new birth is not merely important but absolutely crucial, if man is ever going to be extricated from his self-prison.
When I find myself beginning to unrighteously judge anyone, or even become impatient, I always take a step back to consider how patient a perfect God is with rotten ole me/us, and that usually snaps me to attention. Just look at all He has chosen to endure...now that's some patience.
Well, God can't do just anything, after all. Whenever our limited and finite minds can't comprehend something, well then...it just can't be done. Funny how people seem to limit the God of all that is; the creator of all, the visible and invisible, to what their little minds can process. Mankind thinks he is so brilliant, and the master of all. The key words are, religious Americans. These are those who have a form of Godliness...they look good by all outward appearances, but are rotten inside as they pick and choose what they want to believe, and how they decide they want to live. They put God in a box, limiting Him to what they believe He's capable of, and dismiss those parts of His Word that just can't be so. Such a brilliant and mighty species we are.
Superstitious Acts17:22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. 23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. 24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:"