In a Vine clip that has since been played nearly 100,000 times in just the first six hours of its publication, the retired neurosurgeon [Ben Carson] explained why he conceded the atheist’s claim…
“I was engaged in a debate in Hollywood with a leading atheist.” The individual, Carson explained, “thinks anybody who believes in God is a total moron.”
According to the narrative, the debate ended shortly after the atheist expressed some particularly deprecating thoughts about those who believe the biblical story of creation.
“I said, ‘You know what? You’re right,’” …“I believe I came from God,” he told the other individual, “and you believe you came from a monkey; and you’ve convinced me you’re right.”
Agee, C. (2015). When Ben Carson Came Under Attack From An Atheist, He Silenced Him With One Brilliant Line. Western Journalism. Available http://www.westernjournalism.com/when-ben-carson-came-under-attack-from-an-atheist-he-silenced-him-with-one-brilliant-line/. Last accessed 22nd Aug 2017.
This was back in 2015, and I can only hope the percentages have increased since then:
A new poll from Public Policy Polling is making headlines this week because it reveals that 57 percent of Republican primary voters want to make Christianity the national religion, even though doing so would require removing the First Amendment from the Constitution.
Even more interestingly, the data shows a stark gender divide among Republicans polled on this question: 66 percent of Republican women versus 49 percent of Republican men would like to see America become more theocratic…
The gender divide persists when the poll looks at which potential primary candidates male and female Republicans support. Politicians who are seen as more libertarian or more supportive of corporate interests (Rand Paul, Scott Walker) get more love from men, whereas candidates that are more on the [Biblical] side of the equation (Mike Huckabee) are more popular with women.
Marcotte, A. (2015). Why do Women Vote Republican? Slate. Available http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2015/02/25/republican_women_are_more_religious_and_theocratic_than_republican_men_new.html. Last accessed 17th Aug 2017.
It is not only the church and the school which must be Christian. Every area of life and thought must obey God and His word. It’s a very serious mistake to think of the Bible as a church book. The Bible is more than a church book. It is a book for the totality of life, and as a result, this book is for every man in every area of life, and for every institution. It’s a Bible for church and state, for school and laboratory…
It’s a book for every area of life, and this book is seriously maligned and damaged if it’s treated as a book for the church only. It is to dishonor this book to limit its scope. It’s a book for the courtroom. It’s a book for the state. Every area of life is under God. It must hear His word and must obey Him. This does not mean the union of church and state. It means religion is basic to the state as it is to the church.
Rushdoony, R.J. (n.d.). Postmillennialism and Education. Pocket College. Available http://www.pocketcollege.com/beta/index.php?title=Postmillennialism_and_Education_-_RR148K20. Last accessed 13th Aug 2017.
In late 2008, a number of buses appeared in London carrying the slogan ‘There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.’
By the beginning of 2009, similar ‘atheist buses’ were appearing in other UK cities. This was the result of a successful campaign, supported by the British Humanist Association, which raised more than £140,000 to fund the adverts. Eventually, no fewer than 800 of these buses were doing the rounds, and their counterparts were appearing in Spain and Russia.
It was, the organizers explained, an antidote to what they saw as Christian propaganda in various forms, sometimes (it was alleged) with the unsettling suggestion that eternal damnation lay in store for unbelievers. The atheist adverts were intended to assure atheists and agnostics that it was entirely acceptable not to believe in God.
Predictably, there was a religious response, and by February, 175 London buses were carrying the slogan ‘There definitely is a God. So join the Christian Party and enjoy your life.’
Le Poidevin, R. (2010). Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, Oxford, p. 108
One of the strange objections I have heard to Christians getting involved is that politics is dirty. Let me give you a sample quote: Wayne House said, any “attempt to establish long-term change in institutions will only result in the leaven of humanism permeating Christianity.”…
In point of fact, a good chunk of the Old Testament is devoted to politics. Even some of the New Testament heroes involved themselves in politics. Luke 3:14 shows John the Baptist addressing numerous ethical issues with Herod. He was seeking to make politics clean. The Centurion, Zaccheus the Tax Collector, Sergius Paulus and others were involved as Christians in seeking to be salt and light in society.
And by the way, Matthew 5 says that if we aren’t salt and light, we are good for nothing but to be cast out and trampled under foot of men. That was imagery saying that if the church did not get out there and do something, the humanists would dominate. We would be under their feet; under their authority.
Of course politics is dirty – because the Christians have gotten out of it.
Kayser, P. (2009). Getting Christians Back Into Politics. Biblical Blueprints, Omaha, pp. 2-3
Finally, one day in my sophomore year of high school, when I thought I could stand it no longer, I determined to resolve the issue. After lights were out, under my covers with flashlight in hand I took a newly purchased Bible and a pair of scissors and set to work. Beginning at Genesis 1:1, I determined to cut out every verse in the Bible which would have to be taken out to believe in evolution. Wanting this to be as fair as possible, and giving the benefit of the doubt to evolution, I determined to read all the verses on both sides of a page and cut out every other verse, being careful not to cut the margin of the page, but to poke the page in the midst of the verse and cut the verse out around that…
With the cover of the Bible taken off, I attempted to physically lift the Bible from the bed between two fingers. Yet, try as I might, and even with the benefit of intact margins throughout the pages of Scripture, I found it impossible to pick up the Bible without it being rent in two.
Wise, K. (n.d.) In Six Days: Why 50 Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation. Creation Ministries International. Available http://creation.com/kurt-p-wise-geology-in-six-days. Last accessed 30th Jul 2017
In previous posts to this blog I have explored the relationship between feminism and female happiness by summarizing findings from studies that examine this relationship on the national level and longitudinal level, as well as how various feminist practices (such as holding non-traditional beliefs about marriage, earning more than one’s husband, working full-time, etc.) impact women’s psychological well-being.
Part of this general topic of feminism and happiness was the direct association between a woman being a feminist and being happy. When we last left off this issue was unresolved with different studies coming to different conclusion and none of them containing a representative sample of females or employing controls for confounding variables. In this post I will be presenting an analysis of survey data from General Social Survey (GSS). The GSS is a large scale and representative survey of American adults living in households and has been providing demographic and sociological data on a wide variety of topics since 1972…
In the past, studies explored the relationship between happiness and feminism with unrepresentative samples of women and failed to control for confounding variables. This analysis corrects these errors by using a representative sample of 770 women from the U.S. as well as including a regression analysis that controls for potentially confounding variables. With these corrections we find that being a feminist is not statistically significantly associated with happiness. Taking together the findings of previous studies along with the current findings it seems increasingly unlikely that there is any substantial association between feminism and happiness among women.
Anon (2016). Feminism and Happiness: Findings from the General Social Survey. Of Psych and Society. Available https://ofpsychandsociety.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/feminism-and-happiness-findings-from-the-general-social-survey/. Last accessed 30th Jul 2017