Belief

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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9 Responses

  1. BadBlood says:

    Not everyone was born with the capability to understand complex subjects like astronomy and genetics. People get scared and cling to long-standing “truths” rather than admit that the universe is far more complex than even what the smartest humans can comprehend.

    That’s why the Earth was the center of the universe for quite some time, even while it was flat.

  2. Twhims says:

    Bleach is pretty darn evil. Time to get some Coors Light. And 44% of American adults are misguided.

    “If taken literally, the Biblical view of the beginning of life and Darwin’s scientific view would seem irreconcilable. In Genesis, the creation of the world, and Adam, the first human, took six days. Evolution’s process of genetic mutation and natural selection-the survival and proliferation of the fittest new species-has taken billions of years, according to scientists …” ~ Pope John Paul II (Addressing the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 1996)

    In other words, evolution is spot on–with one exemption. He continues his address talking about the spiritual soul.

    “If the human body has its origin in living material which pre-exists it, the spiritual soul is immediately created by God.”
    ~ Pope John Paul II

  3. Astin says:

    “Don’t touch that please, your primitive intellect wouldn’t understand alloys and compositions and things with… molecular structures.”

    Science and religion can co-exist, but it requires believers to be rational in their beliefs. Accepting that most of the Old Testament is an attempt by primitive people to explain the world around them. Once you’re past those parts, the rules tend to be no different than the various warning labels found on products today. People didn’t understand things back then, so they made correlative connections and often ended up throwing out the baby with the bathwater. People get trichinosis? Don’t eat pork. Your wife is bleeding? Blood is unclean, therefore, stay away from her until she’s done. And burn the clothes, because detergent doesn’t exist.

    Once you start taking away the dogma, and concentrate on the message, science doesn’t conflict nearly as much. But it’s much easier for people to believe that a being in the sky snapped its fingers and created everything we know than to wrap one’s head around the concept of BILLIONS of years and VERY slow evolution. Even the concept of 100 years ago is difficult to grasp for many people, and they know that mankind hasn’t changed much in that time, so they can’t extrapolate to thousands, millions, and billions of years further back.

  4. CJ says:

    I don’t have all the answers… and I’m amused by those people who think they do!

    Science tells us the universe started with the Big Bang. I believe that to be true based on the evidence we have. However, it doesn’t seem like science can explain where this giant mass of energy came from.

    And if you believe that that energy mass that eventually exploded had just always been there… then you have a faith in something that can’t be proven. Which sounds a lot like God.

    It’s all very fascinating to me.

  5. Absinthe says:

    Look at a map, boyo. Your daily interactions with local humans carry a much greater chance of fundamental disagreement than 44%.

    It’s a terrible thing that you can’t tell someone they’re wrong without telling them they’re wrong.

  6. Random101 says:

    I find the “how” more interesting than the “what” people think on the faith versus science topic. If we suddenly discovered life elsewhere, would our belief systems become instantly void? If we heard a burning bush speak tomorrow morning, would we trash our dinosaur history DVD’s in the afternoon? I tend to wonder just how bleach became evil and if there is any chance at redemption.

  7. MGM says:

    If you’ve never taken a peek at it, you might find creation science interesting. Surely 56% of American adults don’t really believe that a big cosmic bang ushered in humanity in one big coincidental blast?

  8. Bam-Bam says:

    Having been on this big flying rock since well……. uh…. Caveman day’s I guess, I’d gladly field any questions you have.

    OH… except that whole “Mastodon” thing.
    No one ever believes those stories.

    😉

  9. Poker Shrink says:

    “Surely 56% of American adults don’t really believe that a big cosmic bang ushered in humanity in one big coincidental blast?”

    Surely 44% of American adults don’t really believe that a big bearded cloud guy ushered in humanity in one big bored yawn?

    Besides, a rousing 57% of the rest of humanity believes that deities with multiple arms, seated on moon thrones on sunken continents actually created the cosmos as we don’t know it. Creation stories or creation myths your choice, but my choice is as valid as yours.

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