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May 29th, 2013
03:06 PM ET

Poll: America losing its religion

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – More than three in four of Americans say religion is losing its influence in the United States, according to a new survey, the highest such percentage in more than 40 years. A nearly identical percentage says that trend bodes ill for the country.

"It may be happening, but Americans don't like it," Frank Newport, Gallup's editor in chief, said of religion's waning influence. "It is clear that a lot of Americans don't think this is a good state of affairs."

According to the Gallup survey released Wednesday, 77% of Americans say religion is losing its influence. Since 1957, when the question was first asked, Americans' perception of religion's power has never been lower.

According to the poll, 75% of Americans said the country would be better off if it were more religious.

The poll doesn't reflect Americans' personal religiosity, such as church attendance, but rather how large events and trends shape shared views, Newport explained.

For example, the sexual revolution, the Vietnam War and the rise of the counterculture fed the perception that religion was on the wane during the late 1960s, he said.

Views of a secularizing America peaked in 1969 and 1970, when 75% of Americans said faith was losing its clout in society. A similar view dominated from 1991-94 and from 2007 to the present.

Americans saw religion increasing its influence in 1957, in 1962 and at a few points during the Reagan presidency in 1980. This number also spiked to its highest point ever - 71% - after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The pollster didn't speculate on the contemporary factors that led to the current views on faith's influence.

Still, the poll numbers are dramatically influenced by church attendance, according to Gallup. More than 90% of people who attend church weekly responded that a more religious America would be positive, compared with 58% of Americans who attended church "less often."

The Gallup poll was conducted via telephone from May 2 to May 7. A total of 1,535 people were sampled for the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • United States

soundoff (6,389 Responses)
  1. Bostontola

    Why are believers trying to present arguments proving there is a god when there is no such proof. There is no proof there is no god either. That's why it's all about belief. Asserting proof only means you aren't careful with definitions.

    May 31, 2013 at 10:03 pm |
    • The real Tom

      It also demeans their own faith. I wonder the same thing, Boston, and I've expressed that more than once. Why does Chard try to post a list of items, such as "the empty tomb," that supposedly prove Jesus was divine and that a god exists, when such "evidence" isn't evidence at all. If there were proof, everyone would accept it as fact. Pretending that such proof exists cheapens the idea of faith.

      May 31, 2013 at 10:09 pm |
    • lol??

      Assertingphobia will get you every time!

      May 31, 2013 at 11:10 pm |
    • ..

      So does assholephobia, but you still post, lol??.

      May 31, 2013 at 11:34 pm |
    • Science

      Remember chad........... the talking donkey you like so much might of chewed on that BONE.............that created eve.

      June 1, 2013 at 9:53 am |
  2. WOT

    Americans have a new religon- sports, money(greed), cell phones and other stuff and things. It is surpose to be serve the creation and not the creator.

    May 31, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
    • Barrel Staves, Arc Lamps, and Rain Gear. You know the story.

      Why would a "creator" of the universe, if one existed, require serving to?

      May 31, 2013 at 10:57 pm |
  3. Science

    From Bing below.............lmfao ...............chad has a link on BING !

    Quarterback's next play: Going long with the Bible – CNN Belief ...

    religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/01/quarterbacks-next-play-going...

    Feb 01, 2013 · Since we've got Chad buybull ... Jurassic Park came out. Now that it has been found, ... You have nothing

    but a 2000 year old stone age book written ...

    All creationists...............a turtle.............but is it to old to have come from the ark ?

    Or chad crawled into his shell on the ark and finally found his way out .............you know chad ?

    The mystery of how the turtle got its shell has finally been solved by scientists studying a 260-million-year-old fossil.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/scientists-have-figured-out-how-the-turtle-got-its-unique-hard-shell-2013-5#ixzz2UspYoTOm

    May 31, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
    • Science

      Big crickets ......................Chad !

      May 31, 2013 at 8:58 pm |
  4. BacBac

    based on what is happening in our society on a daily basis, I tend to agree with William Lane Craig.

    "Therefore, when a person refuses to come to Christ it is never just because of lack of evidence or because of intellectual difficulties: at root, he refuses to come because he willingly ignores and rejects the drawing of God's Spirit on his heart. No one in the final analysis really fails to become a Christian because of lack of arguments; he fails to become a Christian because he loves darkness rather than light and wants nothing to do with God."

    May 31, 2013 at 8:44 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      That is nothing more than a self serving statement by Craig...and now you.

      May 31, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
    • BacBac

      Maybe… but I have listened to Craig debate the “best” and most “vaunted” atheists on almost every possible relevant topic and he routinely wins these debates. I agree he faces some strong and interesting arguments but it absolutely can’t be denied that his arguments are legitimate and thought provoking... even to the most stubborn atheist.

      May 31, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      I find William Lane Craig to be boring, pedantic and unconvincing.

      May 31, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      I have listened to Craig debate many times, I don't find his arguements compelling at all. He is very eloquint but he makes the mistake of asserting his premise as he does in the quote you posted where he says ...."he (the atheist) refuses to come because he willingly ignores and rejects the drawing of God's Spirit on his heart." .....but in no way demonstrates the truth of that statement. He runs an elaberate shell game with his arguements and he is good at it, but that doesn't make the arguements themselves good.

      May 31, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
    • BacBac

      curious... if he demonstrates no truth why would you listen to more than 1 debate of his? I doubt seriously that you don't see many truths in what he says. You just don't happen to like it or agree with him, which is fair enough, I guess. After listening to many myself I can't get away from 2 things. It is in fact plausible and reasonable to assert the possibility of intelligent design and more importantly if there is a God, all other things are possible.

      May 31, 2013 at 9:31 pm |
    • Bostontola

      There is no argument presented, just an unsubstantiated assertion. That wouldn't even qualify in a debate.

      He makes a broad generalization about all atheists, when in reality, there are many different reasons people are atheist (including never being exposed to a god).

      May 31, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
    • Peregrine

      BB. So the true believer agrees with another true believer and finds his arguments more compelling. Never woulda guessed that

      May 31, 2013 at 9:49 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      BacBac,

      I listened to more than one debate so I could better understand his arguement as well as the opposition. After watching enough of them it becomes clear he is a "one trick pony".

      Way to make a huge leap to your comclusion that I consciously or unconsciously "secretly" agree with Craig, at least to some extent, while actually knowing nothing about me or my reasons for my position.....with that kind of "logic" I can see why you find Craig and his arguements compelling.

      May 31, 2013 at 10:06 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      BacBac, So essentially he's saying there's something wrong with people who don't feel an invisible presence with no evidence that it exists! We don't need ancient superstitions to guide us any more, science has shown that thunder is not the gods being angry, and rain and drought are caused by weather systems not capricious gods.

      May 31, 2013 at 10:13 pm |
    • lol??

      Ohio is pedanticphobic.

      BBBBbbbbwawawawawwhhahahahaha

      May 31, 2013 at 11:08 pm |
    • ..

      Lol?? Is smartaphobic.

      June 1, 2013 at 12:07 am |
  5. L.E.A.P.

    If someone was interested in becoming an atheist and spent time reading this blog, I don't see where the atheist is even providing a reason or an alternative that is the least bit attractive or more reasonable, just sounds angry........

    May 31, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
    • Bostontola

      You assume atheists are like you and want to recruit, but they don't.

      May 31, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Yes I do hate it when

      Faith healers bilk money out of believers by making them think prayer heals when there is no rational reason to think it does, or they don't get proper medical help for children because it is 'god's will' whither they live or die.

      Or they teach children Satan is real and he is coming to steal their soul and they will burn in a lake of fire for eternity, it is child abuse.

      Or when they don't like someone or something (Barney, Tele Tubbies, Smurfs) and equate them to devil worship.

      Or when they blame natural disasters or tragedies as their gods judgment on the nation for the "sins" of ho.m.os.exuality, atheism or anything else they don't like.

      Yep, no reason at all to ridicule these nutbags.

      May 31, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Why would any atheist care to persuade anyone else? What benefit would that have?

      May 31, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
    • Trouts are fud

      If you need a reason to value truth and honesty, you are a sick puppy, L.E.A.P.

      May 31, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
    • Rick

      L.E.A.P.
      Step outside of Christianity for a moment and take a good look at what Christians do to everyone else; then you'll see why so many people are angry here!

      And if you think this is angry, try some anti-same-se x sites. Hopefully, the FBI is tracking some of those loons. they sound absolutely dangerous.

      May 31, 2013 at 11:54 pm |
  6. L.E.A.P.

    Not replying to anything, merely an observation on the snarky replies, that offer nothing better nor any solution to the problems posed on these blogs....

    May 31, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
    • Austin

      well you can rejoice in the name and blood of the One Way.

      May 31, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
    • K.M.A.A.D.

      Your reply is just as snarky. You are complaining about the snarky replies when you haven't even asked a question. Either put up or shut up. And use the reply button. You look inept not doing so.

      May 31, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      I will stop being an atheist when one religion can demonstrate their answer is correct.

      May 31, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • House of Gord

      See, LEAP was right. Angry people can't take it so they lash out. Very predictable.

      May 31, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
    • House of Gord

      No offense BatC, but why should they?

      May 31, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Gord,

      They should because they are asserting their religion is true and if all they can do is assert their claim, it remains just that...a claim.

      Most theists would never accept non-religious claims if they could not be demonstrated, my question to you is why should religion be allowed a special catagory? What has it done to deserve it?

      May 31, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
  7. L.E.A.P.

    Making the observation, just mundane critiques from the atheist, no alternatives to the views made, no better answers, no better solutions....

    May 31, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Still haven't posed a question or a problem...nor have you found the "reply" button.

      May 31, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
    • Austin

      state ment

      May 31, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
    • Trouts are fud

      Accurate scientific knowledge can give you those things, LEAP. Atheism is just the lack of stupid beliefs, which is nice.

      May 31, 2013 at 10:44 pm |
  8. Austin

    2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

    3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

    4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

    5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

    6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

    7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

    Why is the book of Peter not included in Lyell and Hutton the "coiners" of the theory of uniformitarianism from the 1800's as the anthesis , the sham.

    May 31, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
  9. Chris

    It is what it is. Non issue really.

    May 31, 2013 at 8:10 pm |
  10. L.E.A.P.

    Again no answers no solutions........

    May 31, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      I agreed with you that a soliton is a solution (to some problems anyway). Do you need different kind of solution?

      May 31, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
    • F.R.O.G.

      Lying
      Egotistical
      Angry
      Protestant

      Forever
      Ridiculing
      Obtuse
      Genitals

      May 31, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
  11. L.E.A.P.

    Again aetheist bloggers have no answers nor solutions, just vitriolic critiscm

    May 31, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
    • K.M.A.A.D.

      Again, Christians make the most base of generalizations, asking no questions but expecting everyone to read their minds.

      May 31, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
    • Chris

      No different from fundamentalist religious types. Non issue, regardless of what ultimately happens.

      May 31, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      You did not ask a question nor did you pose a problem....so what is your point?

      May 31, 2013 at 8:12 pm |
    • The real Tom

      LEAP, what is the question to which you want an answer? What is the problem for which you seek a solution?

      What question has religion answered? What solution has it provided?

      How can you assert that religious belief is an answer or solution to anything when it prompted the Schaibles to allow 2 children to die?

      May 31, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
    • Trouts are fud

      Give us a problem LEAP – we will have fun trying to come up with a solution if we don't already have it ready.
      Talk to us. Stop throwing complaints without explanations. Talk to us. We might be able to help.

      May 31, 2013 at 10:46 pm |
  12. Chad

    One of the most amazing aspects of Atheism, is how quickly it disintegrates when it is questioned.

    What lead you to reject Judeo/Christianity?
    What level of investigation have you done into it's claims?
    What would you consider acceptable evidence for the existence of God?

    As an atheist, how do you explain free will? Consciousness?
    How do you explain the origin of the universe? The fact that the universe obeys laws?
    etc.. etc..

    CNN Blog Atheists are very comfortable screaming at Christians, but entirely uncomfortable and unaccustomed to defending their world view.

    May 31, 2013 at 6:33 pm |
    • Really-O?

      ...and Chad's answer to each of the quandaries he poses is, "Magic Mike". (props to Chadwatch)

      May 31, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
    • bostontola

      Chad,
      What lead you to reject Zeus and Greek mythology?
      What level of investigation have you done into it's claims?
      What would you consider acceptable evidence for the existence of Zeus?

      As an atheist, how do you explain free will? who says we have free will?

      Consciousness? Consciousness is only a small portion of brain activity, so what?

      How do you explain the origin of the universe? I don't.

      The fact that the universe obeys laws? I observe it but can't explain it.

      May 31, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
    • Really-O?

      I actually answered Chad's "What would you consider acceptable evidence for the existence of God" question here –

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/29/poll-america-losing-its-religion/comment-page-67/#comment-2382223 @ May 31, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      ...and you can see his punk ass response on the same page @ May 31, 2013 at 6:17 pm.

      That Chad really slays me!

      May 31, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Chard, if the best your god has is you, it's a sorry god, indeed. You do more harm than good.

      May 31, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
    • Really-O?

      Chad is incapable of understanding that many, if not most, non-believers simply do not currently accept any god hypothesis because there is a lack of necessary and sufficient evidence.

      ...and then there's this little ditty...

      To date, there is no empirical evidence supporting the claim that the god of Israel exists. None. No other reason is needed for suspension of acceptance of the hypothesis.

      Wouldn't things be so much easier and more tidy if one was able to wrap them up with a bit of circular logic as Chad does when he states –

      "I dismiss all other gods other than the God of Abraham because the God of Abraham has told me that they aren't real." [ CLOSE MIND HERE ]

      May 31, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Chad,

      You can't give a coherent answer to your own questions. Just because you have convinced yourself your belief in the god of Isreal is completely rational and logical does not mean it is. People of other faiths have just as much conviction as you do. What you have in common is you can't demonstrate any of it, your competing claims are equally baseless.

      Not to mention many of us have given more than reasonable answers to the garbage issues you posted here and you continually ignore them. There is no point in engaging you because you are not honestly looking for discussion.

      May 31, 2013 at 6:54 pm |
    • Rachel

      Poor Chad is a one trick pony different day same BS. I despair.

      May 31, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
    • Really-O?

      Things that are neither necessary nor sufficient evidence supporting the hypothesis that the god of Israel exists:

      1) Origin of the universe
      2) Origin of life
      3) Fine tuning
      4) Fossil record
      5) Empty tomb
      6) Existence of the laws (of science)

      These are simply evidence of the fact that Chad does not understand the nature of evidence.

      May 31, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
    • Rachel

      Poor Colin is a one trick pony different day same BS. I despair.

      May 31, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
    • Rachel

      Fake Rachel dissing fake Rachel. I have the inside scoop that Chad has a deformed Y chromosome that causes his s8xual identi.ty crisis and his inability to get up for it.

      May 31, 2013 at 7:08 pm |
    • JMEF

      It is apparent that religious fanatics know no boundaries, right Chad?

      May 31, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
    • Chad

      CNN Blog Atheists are very comfortable screaming at Christians, but entirely uncomfortable and unaccustomed to defending their world view

      QED

      May 31, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
    • Really-O?

      If Chad believes "QED" (actually, Q.E.D.) is appropriate in this instance, where is the "screaming"? Looks like nothing more than another example of Chad's histrionics.

      May 31, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
    • Dan

      What lead you to reject Judeo/Christianity? The violent vindictive jealous God described in the bible.
      What level of investigation have you done into it's claims? Read it several times, studied it for decades.
      What would you consider acceptable evidence for the existence of God? Any substantial geoligical, fosil or DNA evidence of anything described in Genesis from Adam being the first human to the supposed global flood.

      As an atheist, how do you explain free will? I am what I am.

      Consciousness? I am what I am. If it worked for God then it should work for me.

      How do you explain the origin of the universe? I cannot, though we have quite a lot of evidence as to what happened after the big bang 14.5 billion years ago, we have no evidence as to what preceded it so all I could do is hypothesise.

      The fact that the universe obeys laws? The universe does not "obey" laws, it is law, universal law, though we are really just scratching the surface of what we know about it and how there are things that break that law like "sp oo ky action at a distance".

      Now I know how you would have filled out the questionairre: "Errrm, God did it, ...Erm Erm." but that doesn't really tell us much.

      If you so badly want people to study your book Chad, you might try studying other suposedly divine origin books and you will see the similarities with your bible. Then you might be able to throw your weight around on the boards. As it is it's like you pick up the giant boulders of Christian doctrine to lift over everyones head but on closer examination we find it's made out of styrofoam and could be lifted easily by a child.

      May 31, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
    • Really-O?

      =====
      Chad posting as "Rachel" –
      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/06/richard-dawkins-evolution-is-not-a-controversial-issue/comment-page-10/#comments
      Starting ~September 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm
      Busted – September 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm
      ====
      Nonsensical Chad-bites:

      "I dismiss all other gods other than the God of Abraham because the God of Abraham has told me that they aren't real."

      "Every book that purports to accurately record history needs to be examined critically for internal consistency and for its accuracy in detail. The bible succeeds on all accounts [sic]."

      "The Genesis account stands alone amongst all creation stories of the time, a fact universally acknowledged...We are only know [sic] beginning to scientifically discover how accurate it is indeed."

      'As for supernatural vs natural processes, I also believe that the origin of life, and the development of more and more complex life forms on earth in the stages reflected in the fossil record, is the direct result of supernatural intervention (it's called "punctuated equilibrium" )'

      May 31, 2013 at 7:53 pm |
    • Science

      Chad to funny old doogie does not like the fossil story either.............but the scouts are wondering ?

      What about it chad 150 million years old and the turtle is what ?

      So sad chad.

      May 31, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
  13. bostontola

    I enjoy god's approach to creating man. 90% of the cells in our bodies are not from human DNA but are microbes. We would all die if we didn't have them. It's amazing that god didn't make us independent of microbes but instead made it look like we co-evolved with microbes. That god has a great sense of humor.

    May 31, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
  14. Vic

    Psalm 46:10
    "10 Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

    John 14:1
    "14 Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also."

    New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    http://www.biblegateway.com/

    May 31, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
    • Tor Victoria

      "Cease striving and know that I am God" read "Stop your research and observation of the known universe and love me already, jeeez"

      May 31, 2013 at 6:33 pm |
  15. Brian

    The responses to these articles always amuse me. *Grabs more popcorn*

    May 31, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
    • Jessica Hall

      Can I share your popcorn and watch this with you? I love a good comedy show. 🙂

      May 31, 2013 at 6:15 pm |
  16. BD

    I am a sinner. I have committed despi.cable crimes. I have escaped into the crutch of the RCC where criminals can seek redemption and forgiveness in the confessional. I join the hierarchy of the church that have sheltered criminals for centuries; it is what we do. It is my birthday and I promise on my rosary that I will not commit any crimes this weekend, Hail Mary.......

    May 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
    • mary

      Funny!

      May 31, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
    • William Pastor

      "I promise on my rosary that I will not commit any crimes this weekend, Hail Mary......."

      But if you do you can always be forgiven, right Bill D? Like a reusable get out of jail free card. Doesn't give you much reason to be good, but whatever keeps you from shooting at me will be fine.

      May 31, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
  17. Reality

    "More than three in four of Americans say religion is losing its influence in the United States,...."

    And why is that? Let us count the ways, #11 (see also pp. 1, 9, 37, 46, 50, 53, 58, 64, 66 and 68).

    Saving Christians from the Infamous Resurrection Con/

    From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15: 14, Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

    Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

    To wit;

    From a major Catholic university's theology professor’s grad school white-board notes:

    "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
    Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

    Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

    Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

    The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

    Only Luke records it. (Luke mentions it in his gospel and Acts, i.e. a single attestation and therefore historically untenable). The Ascension ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers.

    The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

    "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."
    http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN.HTM

    The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

    With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

    An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,

    p.4

    "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

    p.168. by Ted Peters:

    Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

    So where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, covered with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

    May 31, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
    • faith

      c? this is the demonic response to the pulsing reality of jesus christ. diversion. more questions they use as a screen and shield.

      May 31, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      actually it's questioning the reality of jesus. no evidence that he was the son of a god, was placed in a tomb, or was resurrected.

      May 31, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
  18. HeavenSent

    +

    Psalm 137:9

    Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

    May 31, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      What part of "get a job" phony heavensent do you not understand/

      June 1, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      HERE'S THE ?

      June 1, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
  19. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    I bang little kids, just like mohammed did.

    May 31, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
  20. Science

    Hey creationists............chadie too.............fossil records work better than the bible.

    New study restores famed fossil to "bird" branch

    Wednesday May 29, 2013 | Alicia Chang for The Associated Press

    http://www.newsdaily.com/article/04243837283ffd8f533a0cf41d35cd27/new-study-restores-famed-fossil-to-bird-branch

    May 31, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
    • Science

      HS is really full of BS.

      May 31, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      @ HeavenSent,

      Here's another attempt to break through the cocoon you've wrapped your brain in...

      Consider this: Can man truly know god? I think you would agree that if a god existed he would be unfathomable. So the thought of god that exists in your mind is an imperfect representation of what you believe god to be. What is it based on? What you've been told and what you've anthropomorphized god to be. This means, any thought you have of god, isn't god. which means it only exists as an ego-generated illusion in your mind. If you compare 2 people who believe in the same god's perspective, you would find differences. This is because humans are relatively unique, and you have nothing solid by which to compare your imagination.

      May 31, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      GodFreeNow,

      Seek not God but seek first the kingdom domains of godliness; weighing and measuring it with great abandonments! Know well that the Lord, God and His onwards generation families are all just as human as we all are and all gods are flesh and bloodied while He (the original) died so very long ago as is made mentioning in Genesis 6:3.

      May 31, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
    • [!]

      HeavenSent,

      But thou thinketh thyself to be wise to believeth as thou doth... what's up wit dat?

      May 31, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      LOL. Tommy's (cough Scotty's) having a melt down.

      June 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      [!] , you posted "HeavenSent, But thou thinketh thyself to be wise to believeth as thou doth... what's up wit dat?"

      Answer: Besides taking away from Jesus' teaching that I posted and adding you own. Do you have a problem learning that Jesus is the only one that can save your soul?

      June 1, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
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