quote: And yet, ironically enough, if everyone believed as you do the world would be far worse off than it is. You should "praise science" that people believe in God.
quote: The fact of the matter is, belief in God (thus believe in eternal consequence) is what keeps a very large percentage of the populace from doing terrible things on a regular basis in order to "further" themselves.
quote: 95% of people don't need any fear of punishment to behave like normal human beings and 95% of the rest get plenty of fear from regular, earthly punishment.
quote: During the storm and it's immediate aftermath, when the rule of law collapsed, there was looting, mugging, and raping on a scale seldom seen in the US.
quote: 1). On the other hand, deciding that I am an atheist (I am not) simply because I feel that religion isn't the biggest driver of morality is a bit inflammatory.
quote: Religion would have me continue in that suffering based on the belief that God would throw people into Hell for committing suicide.
quote: a pretty destructive and out-of-balance species
quote: ANYTHING that challenges their world view must be wrong.
quote: Lack of belief in something in and of itself is not a belief.
quote: A little over a hundred years ago, most christians celebrated and studied the teachings of jesus but took most of the other stories in the bible as exactly that... stories.
quote: Not arguing either point, staying out of this mostly, but I'm just curious how you have factually stated this, and that "literalism" is prevalent today. Was there some study or poll done that you could link please to show this? If it's just your opinion, that's cool. But it was stated as an absolute fact.
quote: To all the religious/creationist folks on here who claim that 'god' created the universe and life, etc, please tell me who or what created 'god'? The concept of 'god' is just a human creation. So, who/what created 'god'?
quote: Based on your response, why can the universe itself not be self-existant? Why do some have to put a being ('god') behind it?
quote: Creationism is just a belief and a faith, but you can't say that it can not ever be proven. We know evolution is a fact--this much is true and a logical Creationist would never dare argue against it. There is plenty of evidence to support evolution. The divide exists on the origin of life, where there is zero scientific evidence to prove either viewpoint.
quote: Well... I personally know many creationists who reject every facet of evolution, but your mileage may vary.
quote: My hope is that, whether or not all of this is ever figured out, we can all respect each other and what we choose to put our faith in. (excluding violent fanatics, who should be euthanized)
quote: Speaking of sentient, I've noted that the "scientific" evolutionists don't want to talk much about that same pond scum acquiring consciousness at some point.
quote: There is no evidence for creationism.
quote: Besides, even if there is evidence for a global flood (which there isn't) that supports creationism in only the most tangential of ways.
quote: 2nd Law of Thermodynamics forces "nature" to move from orderly to disorderly. Meiosis seems to be a pretty orderly process, if someone were to ask me.
quote: Why do some people always want to attack religion?
quote: Much like the revolution of modern astronomy in the late 1400s and early 1500s dissolved the notion that the Earth revolved around the sun