I'm reading John Paulos's Irreligion, and came across his conclusion about the study published in Science that the number of folks in the US who say they don't believe in evolution is second only to those in Turkey (of European/industrialized nations): [color:blue]The Science study is disturbing for many reasons, not the least of which is that there's no telling to what length the creationist trunk of the GOP elephant will evolve</font color=blue>. <br><br>   
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<br><br>There's the clever turn of phrase, and then there's the brilliant turn of phrase. Mr. Paulo has nailed the brilliant.<br><br>Curious, and hopeful ~ Surely the number of Americans who don't believe in evolution are a minority. I'd guess they're outnumbered by Americans who don't understand evolution and don't care that they don't.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>[color:blue]I always deserve it. Really.</font color=blue><br><br>
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Loc: Syracuse, NY
This is a curious situation. But the only people that I know that eschew evolution are the real right wing nut bars. I hate to make sweeping generalizations, but one of my brothers and his wife do not believe in evolution at all. So I am taking some personal liberties in my description. <br><br>That being said, I am a God fearing man, but along with most thinking folk, I have no trouble working evolution into my views of creation. I cannot understand why there seems to be this irrational fear coming from the left that creationists are going to take over the world and throw common knowledge out the window. It seems like this should be a non issue today. <br><br>
Loc: Pinellas Park, Florida
It's because they are a very loud, vocal, and influential minority. The same thing is happening in all of the mainline protestant churches. If they cannot impose their narrow beliefs on everyone else, then they'll make it impossible to move on. It's less of a belief issue than it is a control issue.<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p> and he ponders the source of Jesus's DNA.<p><hr></blockquote><p> I will have to read that part at least. Is Jesus's DNA made out of the same deoxyribonucleic acids as my DNA is? Can the cytosine base in the MSH2 gene be mutated just like mine by random chance which would have given Jesus colon cancer and he could have died before being crucified? Would god have given him a magical colonoscopy to keep this from happening or was his DNA protected by magical enzymes which repaired any mutation? Maybe there were no DNA repair enzymes until Jesus showed up and he had perfect ones and all of us got the not so perfect ones?<br><br>I doubt he goes into those details. The source of Jesus's DNA is an angel because of the virgin birth. The virgin birth is a good story that dates back much earlier than Jesus. Was the virgin Isis impregnated with the same magical DNA? Is that why the Christians banned the cult of Isis because of the similar magic DNA which created each religion? Did the resurrection of Jesus, Neith, Isis and Osiris preserve their DNA the same way? Does their DNA still exist and did it become unmutable? (It would have to if it is thousands of years old.)<br><br>I suppose John Paulos can make an amusing exploration of why the belief in Jesus's magic DNA is unbelievable but after a while it all gets kind of pointless to point out how ignorant people are unless he can really convince people. Unfortunately he is preaching to the choir and no ignorance is washed away. But I suppose it's worth a shot.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Loc: Syracuse, NY
The same could be said about the fringe leftists. The kossaks, moveon.org types, code pinko's, etc. Unfortunately, in both cases the squeaky wheel gets the grease. I see both elements as an impediment to moving forward. <br><br>
Do you know how to get rid of "fringe leftists"? Stop labeling them that. Stop using labels entirely and then we might be able to move on. That is the biggest impediment to moving forward. People who only use labels to brand people one thing or another and speak only of labels and not issues. There are crazy stupid people in every single label you can think of. So why don't we move on to better labels? Maybe ignorance would be a good label but each time you use it you need to say what the ignorance is about or it just becomes another stupid shorthand label.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jesus banging Mary Magdalene is the answer? To what? That Jesus was human? Christianity that I read about said Jesus was made human so obviously he had a nut sack. I didn't find anything in the DeVinci code that would startle a Christian.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
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