And, as is so typical with threads such as these (dare I say again and again and again; see above), when you cannot counter the material you attack the messenger.
I still await the same scholarly attention that the simple circle has received to be applied to Biblical descriptions of the hydrological cycle, oceanic currents, and references to a vacuum existing beyond the earth's atmosphere.
Oh, and while finding references to the earth's circumference in the Word of God, I refrained from including several possible hints from God that He created the Big Bang and an expanding universe in Job 9:8, Psalm 104:2, Isaiah 40:22, and Zechariah 12:1 for fear that I may be accused of stomping another person's religion, which is the subject of this thread and apparently causing great chagrin among the Faithful.
I am not threatened by geometry, have long thought leviathan meant whale, and would like to know much much more about many things in the Bible, but of course the point of the Bible is to give us a picture of the character of a loving, just, long suffering God who took the penalty of human rebellion on Himself.
The point of non-creative evolution, one of the most exclusive and violent religions in the world, is to kill God.
LMD, next time around, why don't you just start a thread devoted to a discussion on the meaning of the word, "is"? Perhaps you could frame it in mathematical terms. Just kidding! T'is a good thread. Good points. As for your detractor...good grief! Keep 'em in prayer. Our God is not only just and mighty, He's also merciful, and there is always the opportunity that scales will fall, eyes will see, ears will hear, hearts will open to His word, in His time, not ours. Keep up the good fight.
In a true bit of poetic irony, it may not be too long before the Church of England is one of the annual "Darwin Award" winners for exceptionally inane self-destruction.
Quoting the late Pope John Paul II, Ravasi said that "evolution can no longer be considered a hypothesis."
Pope Benedict XVI warned last week against fundamentalists' literal interpretations of the Bible
Fox news/Catholic Church views
Come on, Kenny. Prove you're not a descendent of a Neanderthal. (Actually, there's a documentary on this tonight!)
The word documentary is quite loosely used these days.
Brother pmh, I long for times when I can read Shakespeare and travel and sample creation firsthand.
Religion is a man made belief system of which examples abound, even using God's Word itself and creating a religion around it. I think in your honesty you will concede that I frequently describe the difference between religion and faith. I am constantly pointing that out to you and others who persist in using man-made religion as examples of God's failure, which of course is nonsensical and logically null.
Original sin is rejection of God's authority.
The problem is, man(kind) and everything around us is created in God's image, so we have a natural awareness of and are surrounded by evidence of God. And we have His Word.
The stress in rebellious man's life is temporarily eased by satiating oneself with the "proof" du jour of God's non-existence, indifference, or the Bible's silliness.
Evolution presents a shaky theory about how we got here without God. It is a poor yet hungrily accepted salve for rebellious hearts still painfully aware of God.
Non-creative evolution is a pillar (sometimes THE pillar) in atheism and in some agnosticism. Agnostics are of course atheists trying to cover their bets.
The reduction of man to an animal clears the way in the world's collective psyche for all sorts of atrocities against mankind.
Check out the fast growing religion of environmentalism, especially "sustainable populations".
You're right, of course, about not being descended from Neanderthals, though the documentary suggested that there could be some Neanderthal DNA present in modern humans. And then there's the question about whether we are all descended from blacks, which is most accepted theory. Interesting stuff.
edit: and don't you just love it when all the depictions of Adam and Eve are white!! What a hoot!
I'm not trying to flog a dead horse, just thought this might be interesting reading on a rainy day.