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Charley Blow, a columnist with NY Times, picked this up from the Pew Research Center about religion and culture:

According to Pew’s August survey, only 39 percent of Christians believe that the Bible is the literal word of God, and 18 percent think that it’s just a book written by men and not the word of God at all. In fact, on the question in the Pew survey about what it would take to achieve eternal life, only 1 percent of Christians said living life in accordance with the Bible.

Now, there remains the possibility that some of those polled may not have understood the implications of their answers. As John Green, a senior fellow at the Pew Forum, said, “The capacity of ignorance to influence survey outcomes should never be underestimated.” But I don’t think that they are ignorant about this most basic tenet of their faith. I think that they are choosing to ignore it … for goodness sake.

So I guess I mustn’t get so excited whenever I read that stuff about the highly skewed effect of  religion and the Bible on people and politics in the US and Canada. It’s not a sign of ignorance but one of … “goodness sake”. So a clear majority of them do believe in a Christian God appearing in the Biblical Good News, who “runs” human affairs. But that is mostly because it’s like goodness, and not just simple minded Godness, whatever they said to the survey!

Does this sound like hypocrisy? But that’s a very human trait, isn’t it? Do I sound arrogantly cynical or …?

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/12/27 at 18:50

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