I would like to welcome Reynard T, soon to be ex-Christian, to atheism!
Devout Christian reader Reynard T had this to say in response to my religion/myth book section photo:
It just shows the ignorance and misinformation that people have about the reliability of the Bible. The history section perhaps but the Bible is the most reliable book in history and the message in it is the ONLY one that gives hope to mankind!
Rolf (another poster)… you just show your ignorance of the reliability of the Bible. I have studied history, science etc. and it is reliable right from page 1.
Here… when you get your own Nobel prize for Physics maybe you can argue….
“If I had no other data than the early chapters of Genesis, some of the Psalms and other passages of Scripture, I would have arrived at essentially the same picture of the origin of the universe, as is indicated by the scientific data.” Nobel Prize-winning physicist Arno Penzias (Big Bang Theorist)
I really get sick of people telling me about the Bible and it’s reliability and they have never studied it! C.S. Lewis, Alister McGrath, Lee Stroebel and John Polkinghorne all looked at the evidence and became Christians and proclaim the Gospel! When you have investigative reporters that started the work as an insult or world renowned Quantum Physcists that become Anglican priests and high school drop out saying it doesn’t make sense…I think I will go with the professors!
The Bible is the most reliable book in history? It is reliable from page 1? That’s quite a set of accomplishments. But what about the Adam and Eve story, or 6 day Creationism, or the age of the Earth, or dinosaurs, or how having cows look at striped object does not actually give them stripes? Do these events count?
It’s the only message that gives mankind hope? That’s kind of ignorant. What about all the other religious texts who people derive hope from? What about the means for developing wisdom, self-awareness, transcendence of many mundane and social concerns, and compassion that Buddhist practices and philosophy offer? From reading Buddhist philosophy and practicing mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioural therapy, I have achieved a great source of hope and optimism. Does that not count? And what about how Christianity has divided humans from another over time and has been a great source of war and oppression? What about how after 2000 years of its existence and propagation to become the world’s most populous religion, the world still has many many serious problems?
Alright. Conversion time.
Reynard, you finished of your post by saying that you were going to listen to the professors. Well, the professors have spoken. See here and here. As you will see by following these links, a highly-cited large-sample survey study of the members of the National Academy of Science, America’s most prestigious assembly of scientists, found that ONLY 7% OF AMERICA’S TOP SCIENTISTS BELIEVE IN A DIETY! 72.2% declare a personal disbelieve, while the remaining 20.8% describe themselves as doubtful or agnostic. This study is highly trustworthy. It had a sample of 517 scientists, the response rate was over 50% (which is very high for survey research), and the study was published in Nature, which may be the world’s most highly esteemed science publication.
In a similar study of a random sample of 1000 American scientists (participation rate: 60%–very high) conducted 2 years prior, disbelief or doubt registered at 61%. Looking at the links above you will see that similar results have been found in early generations. There are a few trends. Firstly, throughout the 20th and 21st centuries American scientists have overwhelmingly disbelieved in or doubted the existence of a deity. Secondly, the more elite scientists were even more likely to disbelieve or doubt the existence of a God. And thirdly, disbelief and doubt have consistently increased across time. While the general pattern is the same now as it was in 1914, the level of disbelief and doubt is far higher today.
Now Reynard, you said that you were going to go with the professors. You also said that you studied science. In the social sciences one of the elementary rules is that a well-conducted large-sample opinion study of a representative sample of a population will almost always provide more accurate and trustworthy information than the cherry-picking of a desirable quote or two. As a person who has studied science and said that he’s going to go with the professors, it seems that you might want to reconsider Christianity; neither science nor the scientists support it.