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December 19th, 2011
12:08 PM ET

Christianity goes global as world's largest religion

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

(CNN) - Christians are by far the largest religious group on the planet, and the religion has gone truly global over the past century, according to a new report out Monday, which finds some of the world's biggest Christian communities in surprising places.

Europe was the clear center of world Christianity one hundred years ago, but today the Americas are home to more than a third of all Christians. In fact, the United States has the world's largest Christian population, of more than 247 million, followed by Brazil and Mexico.

China also appears on the list of top 10 largest Christian populations - with an estimated 67 million Christians, it has more followers of the faith than any western European country.

There are nearly 2.2 billion Christians around the world, making up about one-third of the world's population - the same percentage as a century ago, according to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

Islam is the world's second largest religion, with about 1.6 billion followers worldwide, the Washington-based organization calculates. That's just under one-quarter of the estimated 2010 world population of 6.9 billion.

Sub-Saharan Africa has seen the biggest explosion in its Christian population in the past century, going from about 9 million Christians in 1910 to about 516 million today - nearly a quarter of all the world's Christians. Three of the world's ten largest Christian populations are in Africa: Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

The study, "Global Christianity," is based on demographic and opinion data from 232 countries and territories. It's part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures Project, which has also included reports on the current and projected number of Muslims in the world.

It does not measure practice or belief, merely counting as Christian anyone who says they are.

The report calculates that half the world's Christians are Catholic, 37% are Protestants, and 12% are Orthodox. The remaining 1 percent belong to other traditions such as Mormonism.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Belief • Christianity

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  1. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Keith, u mad?

    December 19, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  2. b4bigbang

    GodofLunaticsCreation

    It was founded by Christians/Deists/Atheist who had enough foresight to make it a secular nation. That is indisputable.

    Exactly. Thank God (no pun intended).

    December 19, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  3. Keith

    Know how to create the appearance that many people re-affirm your posts? Create a whole bunch of names and start posting on the same thread. Isn't that right Tom, Tom the Pipers Son; Hot Air Ace; tallulah 13; mirosal; and GodofLunaticsCreation? I'm sure sure I missed some. Sheesh. What a loser.

    December 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
    • Answer

      Maybe you are paranoid?

      Given the recent US census count, your country has well over 350 million people. I guess you can't put together some decent logic.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
    • Seriously?

      @Keith
      Hey Keith...you forgot to tell us the current elapsed time Christopher Hitchens has been burning.
      ...ya sadistic bigot.

      My apologies if "this" is not "that" Keith – otherwise...ya sadistic bigot.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      I don't know what your argument is on the matters we are discussing but I have only ONE account. I don't need to lower myself to such trickery to make my points. If you don't agree with them on their merits then you may argue that fact but don't resort to these childish psychological games. There is one other person who has made an account under my name and he did it to mess with me. He is a Christian who couldn't argue like an adult and although I don't know your position on faith I can say that neither can you.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Wow. You're losing it big-time, Krazy. Better watch it, or CPS really WILL start looking in on you.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
    • Keith

      Why does pointing out a simple fact make me a bigot? I know right away when an atheist has nothing credible to say because the name-calling starts immediately. I don't relish the FACT that he is in hell if he did not give his life to Jesus Christ prior to his death. None of my post indicate that at all. I continue to point out his whereabouts and present and future condition in the hope of preventing just ONE more person from making the same fatal mistake as Hitchens made. If that makes you want to hate me-so be it.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
    • Keith

      Are you threatening me tom?

      December 19, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      While I can't be absolutely sure, I'm pretty sure those are not all the same people. Tom Tom is a lot more aggressive against Christians than some others, not that I blame her. Most Christians that come on here are asses.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Well, since I didn't call you one, why would you ask me?

      December 19, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
    • Seriously?

      @Keith
      Stating facts doesn't make you a bigot Keith, it couldn't. Your post full of ignorant, vitriolic bigotry make you a bigot, Keith. See how simple that is?

      December 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What a liar you are, Keith. You aren't interested in rescuing anyone from the fire of hell. You relish the thought that anyone you hate is going to burn for eternity. You just love thinking about how all the people who reject your nonsensical babbling are going to roast while you sit on a cloud strumming a harp and watching.

      Get off it, you fraud. You love the idea of others burning. It gives you a woody.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
    • Answer

      The fact is Keith – you are hated. You want this to happen to justify your own hate to have hate for others.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
    • Seriously?

      @Keith

      Didn't your mama tell you that it's rude to ram the blood of christ down the throat of someone unless the ask for a serving?

      December 19, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • Seriously?

      @Answer
      I don't hate Keith. I pity him and want him kept away from children, small animals, and weapons, but I really don't hate him.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • Reflection

      So, Keith, then you are also HeavenSent, Prism, fred, George, Chad and Evilution... right?

      The "Holy Spirit" certainly has not touched you with the power of discernment in the differences in posting styles and "voices"... get back to praying, pal.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
    • Belieber

      Keith, what is the definition of a "fact" ?

      December 19, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      Keith you prove you are poorly educated, have no leg to stand on and are hate filled. If there was a hell, you would be going there.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  4. Sir Issac Charles Squared

    What's wrong with everyone here? Why all the anger?

    December 19, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      ah, a newcomer! Welcome to e-hell ! (pun intended)

      December 19, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
    • Seriously?

      @Sir Issac Charles Squared
      Browse and read some of the posts from Chad, George, and Keith...then you'll understand.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  5. b4bigbang

    Now take a look at the Pacific Ocean. Great big body of water, covers half the planet. And if you were plopped down ANYWHERE In it, you'd have trouble telling where, wouldn't you? Because it all looks pretty much the same everywhere. That's because it's NOT designed. So you've got it exactly backwards, my friend. Design produces nice, neat artifacts, not randomly thrown-together stuff with ruff edges and bumps and warts that serve no obvious purpose.

    Wow, Russell, i know some ecologists that would take great issue w/you on your analogy.
    Plus, u said "randomly thrown-together stuff with ruff edges and bumps and warts that serve no obvious purpose."

    You should know that quite often science has had to revise its assessment of what is a wart serving no obvious purpose. The latest one i can think of is "junk" DNA. I recall reading that they said it served no usefull purpose, except maybe we needed it millions ago when we were just primitive animals. Later they discovered that the so-called junk dna plays vital roles in the body and we couldnt live w/out it.
    Just one example....

    December 19, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      The point was that having stuff smeared out more or less uniformly thruout all of space is hardly evidence for design, which was the original contention.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  6. Camaux

    Think for one minute.................Does anyone ever think maybe God Created Evolution, or He created Science to give us a better understanding. No one ever does

    R\I fall under the Category of a Roman Catholic who broadens his view

    December 19, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      Yes, there are a lot of "old-earth" Christians. Professor Smalley, the Nobel-winning 'father of nanotechnology' was one (now deceased).

      December 19, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • Camaux

      God did not specify that 7 days equaled 7 daysm 7 days may have been 4 billion years old

      December 19, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      Actually, about 3 Americans in 8 think that. Here's some poll results from this time last year:
         http://www.gallup (dot) com/poll/145286/four-americans-believe-strict-creationism.aspx

      December 19, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  7. GodofLunaticsCreation

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FQyPT9nS40&w=640&h=360]

    December 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  8. b4bigbang

    b4bigbang

    America is a country founded under European Christian influence, but is NOT a 'christian country' by any stretch of imagination.....

    December 19, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      It was founded by Christians/Deists/Atheist who had enough foresight to make it a secular nation. That is indisputable.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  9. RJ

    USA is a CHRISTIAN COUNTRY because we only have Christian national holidays and IN GOD WE TRUST is national motto..... America is blessed under Christ

    December 19, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      So you defy Christ.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
    • Answer

      How badly do you want to believe in that?

      December 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
    • Lucy

      AMEN! Those nasty non-believers are very ignorant... they know the truth inside them but won't admitt it

      December 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." Gandhi

      December 19, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      America is a country founded under European Christian influence, but is NOT a 'christian country' by any stretch of imagination.....

      December 19, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      Lucy, you couldn't even comprehend or pretend to know what I feel. Your comment does make it clear that YOU have doubts though. You are awaiting your echo for confirmation of your lies. It comforts you, I'm sure.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
    • Answer

      The thing to do when you are insecure is to shout out that you owe your fears. Like if your country of residence is (to you falling apart) – you shout out to reclaim it. Insecurity of losing your christian country will drive you to do the loudest shouting. Religions do not like losing – their flocks especially – like to reassert themselves as non losers by shouting.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
    • I'm just saying...

      @RJ
      OK, you got the national motto part correct, but only since 1956 and it's likely to be removed at some future point if the case is brought to the Supreme Court. However, you're only one for ten with regard to your "Christian national holiday" nonsense – you got Christmas Day, but missed every other federal holiday:
      New Year’s Day
      Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
      Washington’s Birthday
      Memorial Day
      Independence Day
      Labor Day
      Columbus Day
      Veterans Day
      Thanksgiving Day

      So, it's late so I'll give you the benefit of the doubt...drunk or stupid?

      December 19, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      Others have already pointed out that you were only 10% right when you said we have only Christian holidays. I will point out that your contention that Christianity can be inferred from the national motto "In God We Trust" assumes that only Christians have gods. As soon as we haul Hinduism in from the bullpen, you aren't even going to score 10% with that one.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  10. b4bigbang

    @ Tom Tom

    Btw, u did ask, so i looked up the atheists name, it's Anthony Flew.

    December 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      What's your point?

      December 19, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      WTH are you babbling about?

      December 19, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      Has anyone ever explained to you why all the main posts on this forum have the word "Reply" under them?

      December 19, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You can't even manage to figure out the reply function, b4. Why would I have the slightest regard for your opinion on anything? I wasn't asking you a question, you idiot. You wrote "scientist" because you're too dumb to figure out how to make a noun plural. You obviously meant "scientists", but like most of your ilk, you don't grasp the English language beyond the level of pre-teen.

      I don't need to have you interpret the Bible or anything else if you have that much difficulty writing a simple sentence. I don't care if it IS a stupid blog. If you expect to teach others, get an education yourself first.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
  11. Steve L

    + Bunch of blue laws... look at those strict in Bergen County, NJ enforcing all businesses to be shut down on Sundays

    December 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  12. b4bigbang

    Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    "Scientist now know"? What scientist?

    Really, you idiots crack me up. You can barely manage to write a sentence that isn't polluted with errors and you ignore every possible fact in evidence to cling to your beliefs. That's fine, but don't expect to convince anyone with a brain.

    When did u transform into a troll? You must not be well-read if u dont know that a lot of top scientists adhere to a faith and that most of the other half are not hostile to religion.
    Also, a famous atheist (not Hitchins) converted to ID before his death precisely because of newer scientific discoveries.

    December 19, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You are a complete moron. You can't even figure out what mistake I was pointing out to you. Ask your omnipotent god to give you a brain.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  13. Matthew

    America is a Christian country.... face the truth and accept it!

    December 19, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      BAD statement. R u a christian or just poisoning the well?

      December 19, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      The likelihood that America is a Christian country is directly proportional to the number of occurrences of "Jesus", "Christ", "Christian", "God", and "Bible" in the Const¡tution and Bill of Rights.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • I'm just saying...

      @Matthew
      Regardless of context your statement is untrue.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
    • Steve L

      Sure it's a "secular" nation but with Christmas Day as national holiday and Good Friday holiday in 11 states

      December 19, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      If by Christian you mean that it has a majority of Christians, yes. If you mean that our government should be an instrument of God, NO! Even Jesus would call you a blasphemer. "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's"

      December 19, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
    • I'm just saying...

      @Steve L

      Using your logic Steve L, the fact that Columbus Day is a Federal Holiday means we're a nation of Italian explorers. Care to try again?

      December 19, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • Steve L

      Christmas Day is a religious holiday, so is Good Friday. Columbus Day is NOT a religious holiday.... not same thing. What about those blue laws that is for Christian sabbath?! Face the truth man

      December 19, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
    • I'm just saying...

      @Steve L
      OK, I'll face the truth...you are incapable of rational thought, understanding analogies, and correct grammar.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      The Supreme Court has ruled that Christmas can be a national holiday precisely because it's NOT exclusively religious in nature.
       
      Now, I think it's apparent that they were shucking and jiving to find a remotely plausible rationalization for arriving at their preferred conclusion. I agree with you, Steve, that any holiday with the words "Christ" and "mass" in it is unarguably religious. But the official law of the land which lets governments get away with celebrating it says otherwise.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  14. b4bigbang

    I'm just saying...
    at the bottom i put the name i intended it for. The reason i felt i had the right is because he first posted "ALLAH AKBAR" so i was meeting arabic with arabic in case he's more comfortable with arabic.
    Btw, sorry 4 no translation. It's Hebrews, ch 1.

    December 19, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
    • I'm just saying...

      @b4bigbang
      Thank you for the explanation. Understood. Respect.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  15. Truth Seeker

    Ungodly Discipline,

    I believe there are just too many things which show us the creation is an intelligent design. We take many things for granted since we dont know better?

    1. Scientist now know the larger structure of the universe is extremely uniform almost like planned there is nothing random about it?

    2. One of the basic laws of science is "Energy cannot be created or destroyed"? Where does it come from in the first place? Science has done many wonders but each and every invention is dependent on the energy we get from nature, sun etc.

    3. The life we lead, night and day, seasons round the year and many other things we take for granted. Just pause and think it is an intelligent design.

    We devote many many years to get different type of degrees but I doubt if many on this form would have devoted any quality time to the finer questions in life but still have so strong opinions.

    December 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Scientist now know"? What scientist?

      Really, you idiots crack me up. You can barely manage to write a sentence that isn't polluted with errors and you ignore every possible fact in evidence to cling to your beliefs. That's fine, but don't expect to convince anyone with a brain.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Good lord, just re-reading your post is nauseating. You can barely put together a single coherent thought. You simply have no point at all. There is not a single fact in your post that bears any scrutiny, and certainly not one that would lead any intelligent person to reach the conclusions you find 'obvious'.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      "1. Scientist now know the larger structure of the universe is extremely uniform almost like planned there is nothing random about it?"
       
      Spend some time thinking about this. Is it not true that everything you've ever seen that is unarguably planned — like your car, the house you're living in, and the computer you're reading this on — are very definitely NOT "extremely uniform"? Do all the keytops on your keyboard have the same letter? No, because they're DESIGNED to allow you to express different things.
       
      Now take a look at the Pacific Ocean. Great big body of water, covers half the planet. And if you were plopped down ANYWHERE In it, you'd have trouble telling where, wouldn't you? Because it all looks pretty much the same everywhere. That's because it's NOT designed. So you've got it exactly backwards, my friend. Design produces nice, neat artifacts, not randomly thrown-together stuff with ruff edges and bumps and warts that serve no obvious purpose.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
    • I Don't Get It

      Tom,

      Who, who, WHO taught these people that the plural of -st words is -st?... it is, 'scientists', 'atheists', 'posts', 'psychologists', 'theists', etc.

      This is probably basic 4th grade knowledge.

      Sorry, pet peeve...

      December 19, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Don't blame the teachers. You can lead an ass to water....

      These nitwits can't even put together a coherent thought.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • Truth Seeker

      My mistake! Should not have involved myself with people of LOWER INTELLECT!

      December 19, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Keep telling yourself that. I'm sure it'll be a comfort.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  16. b4bigbang

    RichardSRussell

    I don't believe most of it. Maybe a few things about genealogies. I was just pointing out to the "God is SOOOO good" crew how their own holy book directly contradicts their unjustifiably generous assessment of the Great Sadist's character.

    Well, i answered u but cnat find it.
    What i said was that u r judging God by modern humanistic liberalism. Think about this: if the ONLY negative thing God did in the Bible was to support the death penalty he would be reviled by several million today. also, i might ask, r u 100% liberal, anti-war, pascifist, anti-death penalty, give money to all the homeless even if many abuse the system? If u r not 100% on these, then maybe u have to sit in the penalty box with God eh?

    December 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      I bet I'm judging God by the same standards YOU would. Would you personally order the deaths of thousands of people from a naboring village because THEIR distant ancestors insulted YOUR distant ancestors half a millennium ago? Yahweh would (according to his self-appointed spokespeople).
       
      You don't have to be liberal or a humanitarian or an atheist to figure out that an unprovoked massacre of innocent civilians is a bad idea. Even Christians can usually figure this one out for themselves if it were to occur in any context other than the Bible.
       
      And the example I cited (Amalekites, if you want to look it up) pales in comparison to the mass murder of EVERY LIVING THING ON EARTH via the Great Flood, not to mention the unmitigated cruelty of condemning EVERY HUMAN WHO'S EVER LIVED (with 144,000 exceptions) to an eternity of torment.
       
      I ask you, in all sincerity, if you saw a person drowning and you were standing next to a lifebuoy, wouldn't you fling it out to the victim? I know *I* would, and so would everyone else I know, regardless of their religious beliefs or absence thereof. It's simple humanity. Your contention, evidently, is that God is above simple humanity. In that assessment I am perfectly willing to agree with you. The jerk would probably chuck the drowner a boulder and say "This would be a swell time to learn how to swim."

      December 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  17. JOHN DOE

    CHRISM you have not read Isaiah 7th chapter you could have most theologians try to call it a dual prophecy but they can't because that means it would have been two virgin births the problem is Judaism has long rejected Jesus and one of their proofs was that Isaiah 7th chp was about Assyria and Israel attacking Judah the sign was that the almah ( young women ) would have Immanuel and by the time he reached maturity the to armies would be laid waste. Jesus named Jesus not Immanuel as for your virgin, 200 yrs before Jesus some greek jews translated Isaiah into greek but mistranslated almah for parenthos which means virgin. Now some say Matthew used the septuagent as a source for his writings but if you examine Matthew closely he was not the familiar with old testament prophecy . He claims out of Egypt I called my son was a prophecy about Jesus when it wasnt a prophecy at all . He has Jesus riding on two donkeys, he totally messed up on the prophecy about Judas quoting the wrong prophet.

    December 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  18. b4bigbang

    1 الله بعد ما كلم الآباء بالانبياء قديما بانواع وطرق كثيرة

    2 كلمنا في هذه الايام الاخيرة في ابنه الذي جعله وارثا لكل شيء الذي به ايضا عمل العالمين

    3 الذي وهو بهاء مجده ورسم جوهره وحامل كل الاشياء بكلمة قدرته بعدما صنع بنفسه تطهيرا لخطايانا جلس في يمين العظمة في الاعالي

    4 صائرا اعظم من الملائكة بمقدار ما ورث اسما افضل منهم

    5 لانه لمن من الملائكة قال قط انت ابني انا اليوم ولدتك.وايضا انا اكون له ابا وهو يكون لي ابنا.

    6 وايضا متى ادخل البكر الى العالم يقول ولتسجد له كل ملائكة الله.

    7 وعن الملائكة يقول الصانع ملائكته رياحا وخدامه لهيب نار.

    8 واما عن الابن كرسيك يا الله الى دهر الدهور.قضيب استقامة قضيب ملكك.

    9 احببت البر وابغضت الاثم من اجل ذلك مسحك الله الهك بزيت الابتهاج اكثر من شركائك.

    10 وانت يا رب في البدء اسست الارض والسموات هي عمل يديك.

    11 هي تبيد ولكن انت تبقى وكلها كثوب تبلى

    12 وكرداء تطويها فتتغيّر ولكن انت انت وسنوك لن تفنى.

    13 ثم لمن من الملائكة قال قط اجلس عن يميني حتى اضع اعداءك موطئا لقدميك.

    14 أليس جميعهم ارواحا خادمة مرسلة للخدمة لاجل العتيدين ان يرثوا الخلاص
    For Imam Saliba...

    December 19, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
    • I'm just saying...

      @b4bigbang
      There was no "Press 2 to post in Arabic" option. No disrespect intended, but this is an English language website. If you're trying to convey something, perhaps it would be prudent to post it in the language understood by the overwhelming majority of your audience.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  19. GodofLunaticsCreation

    It's pretty simple. Science and Religion are both ways of "knowing". Science is based on measurable FACTS (Theories are formed on that basis) and Religion is based on FAITH/Intuition or our minds raw connection to the Universe. Science is a more RELIABLE path to the truth and it's power to illuminate the unknown is increasing exponentially. Also, Science has proven that Faith/Intuition is totally and unquestionably, unreliable. The reason for this is that Science eliminates bias (measurement) whereas Faith does not. Faith says the bird is in the cage, whereas Science says there is a bird on one side of the paper and a cage on the other but when you spin it fast enough it looks like the bird is in the cage. Can I appreciate the beauty of the optical illusion? Yes. Will I then realize that my senses are unreliable? Yes. Will I kill or force someone who says that the bird is in front of or behind the cage and not in it, to agree that the bird is IN the cage? No! Thats my summary of the sad state of affairs on this planet. Can't wait for us to get beyond this point. Which does include an acceptance that although my senses may deceive me, there is a beauty to what I feel and that they are my connection to this Universe. If religious people just stopped insisting that, what they have faith in is the Truth and stopped impeding the most reliable path to the truth we have, then humanity could finally achieve it's potential. Faith will have it's place and may even guide Science but it cannot take precedent over it, as a path to truth or else humanity will stagnate into oblivion, which is sadly what many religious people today call for.

    December 19, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      I apologize for the poor grammar.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
    • I'm just saying...

      @GodofLunaticsCreation

      You had me until "that they [feelings, more precisely emotions] are my connection to this Universe". No, actually, your senses are your connection to external ("outside your skin") universe. Your "feelings" are how you sense your "internal world". Confusing the two leads to the (mistaken) belief that your emotions in some way inform you about the external world. Feelings (emotions) are to be felt and, depending on the emotion, enjoyed...nothing else.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
    • GodofLunaticsCreation

      Thank you for the correction. Thats what I meant to say.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  20. Imam Saliba

    Atheists are all going to hell..... ALLAH U AKBAR!

    December 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      Can we get a group-rate discount from the travel agency?

      Before I pack, please send pictures, so I know whether to bring mittens or flip-flops.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I get to ride in the handbasket.

      December 19, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
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