Darwin and Aliens
I found two recent articles to be somewhat related and very insightful. It has become quite popular to characterize conservative Christians as ignorant and gullible because of their firm belief in the essential tenets of historic evangelical conservative Christianity. But it turns out that it is the secularists and theological liberals that are more likely to believe nonsensical, unproven bull excrement.
An article by Mollie Hemingway found here reviews a comprehensive study by Baylor University, entitled “What Americans Really Believe”. She writes…
“…traditional Christian religion greatly decreases belief in everything from the efficacy of palm readers to the usefulness of astrology. It also shows that the irreligious and the members of more liberal Protestant denominations, far from being resistant to superstition, tend to be much more likely to believe in the paranormal and in pseudoscience than evangelical Christians.”
So it turns out that evangelical conservative Christians are less likely to believe in irrational myths than so-called progressives and secularists—fascinating, but not surprising. As Ms. Hemingway writes at the end of the article,
“Anti-religionists such as Mr. Maher bring to mind the assertion of G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown character that all atheists, secularists, humanists and rationalists are susceptible to superstition: “It’s the first effect of not believing in God that you lose your common sense, and can’t see things as they are.””
The other article highlights the often irrational grasping of straws of the so-called scientific community, Which is utterly sold-out on Darwinian evolution. The title of the article is a misnomer, “Why the universe may be teeming with aliens”, as the author argues that it must be the case that life must exist on other planets. After giving some of the reasons (but not even close to exhaustive) of why our planet is perfectly suited for life, leaving out all other planets (though he does not indicate that most of those planets are purely theoretical). He then simply concludes that this must be true, because life arose through the magical fairy dust process of Darwinian evolution, so it must be happening elsewhere. The illogic and unscientific method is astounding. The myth of Darwinism resembles that of aliens.
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