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    This is an improvement actually, since it's far better than your last one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by JocktheMotie View Post
    Dude, you'll notice that Cracked is just an authority because its agreeing with this source.

    BTW, did you read the other books in the series?





    Also the unabridged classic:-


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    Quote Originally Posted by Seymour View Post
    Conversely, I found it interesting that US atheists and agnostics did better than believers on a Pew Religion Quiz.
    It is an interesting point, but I wasn't surprised. I think this is the obvious truth about the "Judeo-Christian culture" of the United States. It's more of a culture, and less the actual religions. (overall, over the spread of the population)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seymour View Post
    Conversely, I found it interesting that US atheists and agnostics did better than believers on a Pew Religion Quiz.

    I found the quiz to be pretty easy... I guessed on a couple of items, but got them all correct.
    Yeah me too. Got them all right except one. I forgot the Sabbath starts on Friday not Saturday, which I should have known since one of my best friends growing up was Jewish.

    (I'm Christian, btw.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Cimarron View Post
    It is an interesting point, but I wasn't surprised. I think this is the obvious truth about the "Judeo-Christian culture" of the United States. It's more of a culture, and less the actual religions. (overall, over the spread of the population)
    True, "cultural Christians" certainly dominate the scene.

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    Most of these are well known scientific occurrences that have already been hooked up with several well reasoned hypotheses. Number 1 on the list directly references Mitochondrial Eve and the fairly mainstream subject of Lucy. The idea that people are suddenly connecting them with various religious beliefs is bizarre. Are we going to go back to claiming that the sun is a deity, now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seymour View Post
    On average, Americans correctly answer 16 of the 32 religious knowledge questions on the survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. Atheists and agnostics average 20.9 correct answers. Jews and Mormons do about as well, averaging 20.5 and 20.3 correct answers, respectively. Protestants as a whole average 16 correct answers; Catholics as a whole, 14.7. Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons perform better than other groups on the survey even after controlling for differing levels of education.
    This has more to do with intelligence than anything else. Morons score lower, and smart people score higher. Because Jews, Mormons and atheists are smarter and more educated on average, they score better than protestants (who represent 65% of the US population -- the dumb masses). I'm pretty sure in Western Europe the gap is much narrower.
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    The way I look at it, the Bible *is* a historical document, but it's based on oral tradition and a less scientific view of the world, so YES some of the events in the Bible assuredly are going to be linked to things that actually happened...that have either been embellished or have details missing because when things are passed down through oral tradition, something gets lost in the message eventually, kind of the "telephone game." Also, people with less scientific knowledge - intelligent people, mind you - are going to attempt to come up with other explanations for WHY those events happened.

    So, sure, there is some basis of truth in the Bible. I honestly never doubted that. But to take it literally word-for-word is kind of insane.

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    'Ancient Beliefs (That Turned Out to Be True)' is a bit of an overstatement. Really, it's 'Ancient Beliefs (That Are Only Mostly False Instead of Completely, Assuming That the Beliefs Were Based on These Specific Events and Not Just Vaguely Coincidental Guesses, and Regardless They Still Certainly Do Not Rely on Gods or the Supernatural)' is more accurate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZPowers View Post
    'Ancient Beliefs (That Turned Out to Be True)' is a bit of an overstatement. Really, it's 'Ancient Beliefs (That Are Only Mostly False Instead of Completely, Assuming That the Beliefs Were Based on These Specific Events and Not Just Vaguely Coincidental Guesses, and Regardless They Still Certainly Do Not Rely on Gods or the Supernatural)' is more accurate.
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