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May 6th, 2011
08:16 AM ET

Faith unshaken by tornado

By Aaron Brodie, CNN

Tuscaloosa, Alabama (CNN) - The sound of someone playing a piano drew us in to the Alberta Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, two days after a devastating tornado ripped a deadly gash that will scar this Southern town for years to come.

I had been looking for a high spot where I could to shoot a panoramic image of the endless landscape of destruction, but I turned back toward the church with CNN's Wayne Drash to see where the music was coming from.

Alberta Baptist seemed to have fared better than many of the buildings in the immediate area. It was an oddity in this neighborhood, because it was both standing and clearly recognizable. Whatever had been next door was neither.

The church was hardly unscathed, though. Much of the roof was missing. Stained glass windows were blown out. And the facade of the main chapel was reduced to a pile of rubble spread across the front sidewalk like a bag of building blocks.

Inside the church, we met a small group of members who had come to witness firsthand the challenge that lay ahead. A young girl stopped playing the piano as her mother began to tell us how the building had recently been renovated.

I started taking photos of mangled metal and shattered sheetrock, all covered with a thick dusting of insulation that made you itch just by looking at it. As I was about to leave, I met Joe Southern, a member of Alberta Baptist for 45 years.

Joe lives in a part of Tuscaloosa that was spared the monster's wrath. Yet he decided to make the trek across town through military checkpoints, driving down streets littered with debris into what can easily be described as a war zone, to see the fate of his religious home.

In this video interview, Joe explains that while "we've lost a building," the church is more than just bricks and mortar: The church is the people. He says the congregation will rebuild, and that the tornado and its aftermath have only served to strengthen his belief in God.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Alabama • Baptist • Church • Houses of worship

soundoff (969 Responses)
  1. Godfrey

    The headline:

    "Faith Unshaken By Tornado"

    should read:

    "Ignorance Unaffected By Obvious".

    May 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Tora-chan

      Win

      May 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  2. Challenge

    More people need to openly engage in respectful, but yet intelligent dialogue and challenge the cult of ignorance that is religion.

    May 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • Tim

      "challenge the cult of ignorance that is religion"

      You do realize our civilization is based on the foundation of religion. You my friend are the ignorant one.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • Tora-chan

      So much for thinking the Christians might start being respectful...

      May 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • Big~Smelly~Tuna

      @Tim
      " our civilization is based on the foundation of religion"
      .
      Is your brain made of cotton candy?

      May 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • Tim

      "So much for thinking the Christians might start being respectful.."

      I am not a Christians, sometimes people jump to conclusions how pathetic.

      May 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • ScottK

      "respectful, but yet intelligent dialogue" Good luck, thats as easy as having any intelligent dialogue with some 16 yr old Twighlight fan, I mean, where do you start when the premise is "God is real, he is a he, he made everything and you can't prove he doesn't exist, nanny nanny boo boo." Oh, and don't forget "You'll regret the fact you don't believe in invisible men and your'e going to burn in this really bad place I envision in my head but that no one in the history of the world has even been to and come back to tell us how horrible it really is, but I know it's there because some old guys wrote about it from their visions while they were drinking wine in the desert 2000 years ago..."

      May 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  3. Chanselor Jenkins

    Artist,

    I was once like you...I was rasied Christian. Then when I left home and went to college I realized everyone did not believe like I did. I started to doubt my faith. I was an athiest for about 8 years. Then god revealed himself to me in ways I could not deny. Trust me your faith will return. Everything happens for a reason. you will see my friend.

    May 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • Tora-chan

      Your story only shows that you are gullible and beyond help. You say "atheist" but you are probably lying. Once you see the lies for what they are, there would be no reason to return. You are just gullible.

      May 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  4. NYCimport

    Just to count one more in the "God squad" I am a scientist, I study biology, and BELIEVE in God. and, better yet, it happened in THAT order, I choose to go to church to grow in my faith and relationships with the Lord, and also enjoy fellowship with other Christians. I don't "just listen to the man on Sunday, and not look up my own information..." to paraphrase.

    Christianity technically doesn't condemn anyone for sinning, that's between them and God to settle. Officially, we, as Christians, are not supposed to JUDGE, just show love and affirmation. So what is wrong with that? True, SOME Christians take it upon themselves to cast judgement on others in the guise that it is God's word, but they're wrong to twist the Word into something it isn't.

    The problem is, people outside the Christian world only choose to listen to the radical groups out there (for example)burning and bombing abortion clinics and giving trouble to LGBT groups, when in actuality, there are much mroe of us who choose to live and let live and preach the Word to spread love and truth about Jesus.
    So, from a Christian, who works in science and stands in the middle of the poltical spectrum, have fun arguing, but you're putting an awful lot of words in all Christian's mouths calling us haters, condemners and ignorant because we have faith in a God who is bigger than this world.
    Prayers and blessings to the devastated communities in the south.

    May 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • Big~Smelly~Tuna

      "I study biology"
      .
      sounds like middle school speech construct.

      May 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • LetsThink123

      The basis of Christianity is that because adam and eve committed original sin, Jesus came to save us by giving his life for us so that our sins may be forgiven through god's grace. Agree or not?
      Since u studied bio, u should know that adam and eve is a myth and humans did not just poof into existence. There are many other things in adam and eve that show how mythical it is. So with adam and eve being a myth, there was no original sin. Then why would someone with god status (Jesus) need to come and save us from something that never happened? Surely a god would know that the adam and eve story is a myth.
      This problem reveals that christianity is false. If you keep thinking out of the box (i was a christian and believer too), you will realize that the basic premise of christianity is flawed.

      May 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  5. Big~Smelly~Tuna

    Thank you god for destroying my whole town and killing everyone. We are so blessed.
    .
    baby jesus had immaculate p00p ~ no smell
    cloth or disposable?

    May 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • ScottK

      Well, If he didn't destroy some towns now and then what would people have to pray for and how would they even know he exists?...

      May 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • Big~Smelly~Tuna

      @ScottK
      .
      a glazed over reborn actually told me that one day,
      "God has world wars to keep the population in control."

      May 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • ScottK

      Sometimes coming to the belief blogs feels like i'm going to a childrens forum all about Santa where you can leave him notes and ask if you have been naughty or nice and I'm the guy that shouts "Sanata doesn't exist!" and all the kids get mad at me and start crying...

      May 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  6. ScottK

    A young woman had some friends over for dinner one night and was cooking a roast. As she prepared the roast she took out a knife and cut about an inch off one end then put it in the oven. Her friend asked why she cut an inch of good meat off the roast and she replied "Well, thats how my Mom taught me to cook roasts" So, not knowing the reason behind it she called her mother and her mother said "I'm not sure hun, Thats how Grandma taught me to cook roasts" So, still not knowing the reason she call her Grandmother and asked "Why do we cut the end off our roasts?" And her Grandmother replied "What? Why would you do that? I only did it because the only pan we had was too small..."

    The moral of the story is just because it's tradition, doesn't always make it smart. Stop letting old ignorance control your lives and think for yourselves, and if you are unable to think for yourself then get better educated.

    May 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • Artist

      While progress is being made and the percentage of people challenging ignorance is growing, it is slow. As more light gets cast on ignorance our numbers will grow.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Tora-chan

      That's a good story. It really shows how tradition is just repet.ition without any intrinsic value of its own. Bravo, sir!

      May 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  7. Bubba

    God destroyed my house but spared my life. Thank you Jesus. God is good.

    May 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • Artist

      God provides....he is the pimp and we are his b! t ches

      May 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • Tonya

      "God provides....he is the pimp and we are his b! t ches"

      No, you are just immature person with a low self esteem.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • Bubba

      Yes he does provide. Thanks to God I'm living in a Red Cross shelter. Thank you Jesus.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      Hey...Zeus!
      I like you better than Jesus!

      May 6, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • Artist

      Tonya

      "God provides....he is the pimp and we are his b! t ches"

      No, you are just immature person with a low self esteem.
      ........................
      Soooooooooo you don't like my joke???????????

      May 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • Tora-chan

      Tonya denies that god provides. Way to go Tonya! Keep being insulting girl!

      May 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • ScottK

      Either God can act on man's behalf and save those who pray to him but he chooses not to because he enjoy's watching man suffer or he cannot act and thus is not to blame for the tragedy that befalls us all. Either way, why would you anyone pray to him? Both prayers are pointless.

      May 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  8. coyote2625

    What is mind boggling is that an omnipotent, all seeing, all knowing creator of the universe did not reveal a single fact that was not known (or imagined) by a bunch of goat herders sitting around a fire in the desert. What "facts" the almighty gave to write down have proved to be wrong and very mythological in content, no better than any other religion at the time. Think about it, this god didn't give any info worthy of a modern scientist.

    May 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • LetsThink123

      Exactly. Also, notice that all religions in the world, including western religions like Christianity did not tell us anything about the universe. What i mean by this is that if u read the creation story in the bible, there is no mention that god created the solar system with the sun in the center, with the other planets, with us in the milky way galaxy, and all the other billions of galaxies. In the creation myth of adam and eve, god created stars after he created the sun, that's backwards! There is no mention that other planets existed either (which men at that time were not aware of).
      I ask you this question, how come the gods of virtually all religions in the world including christianity in their creation stories, only created things that people at that time knew existed (such as the earth, stars, sun, moon) and not about the other planets, solar system, other solar systems, nebulae, and other galaxies etc...? The knowledge of the gods when it came to the universe was limited to the knowledge of the men who lived at that time. Hmmm.......could these gods be man-made?

      May 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  9. Cal

    There are no 'god haters' here. We do not hate something which does not exist. We do puzzle over people who not only want to shout out their membership in the god-squad, but who also go on to demonstrate the love of jesus in their hearts by following their proclamation of faith with a hope for eternal condemnation and hellfire for people they have never met because they do not like harmless internet posts.

    Not THAT is a mystery.

    May 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  10. Christ

    How can people doubt that we were created by an intelligent creator? Look at the world around you – even you so called "scientists" – how great the design of viruses and disease causing bacteria is, or how beautifully perfectly deformed a child affected by polio is. Only GOD could have done that. If we were created by "evolution", then why don't the limbs of amputees "evolve" back? That is because they had to be created by GOD, and that is why they will not grow back, even if you pray for them. Look at the power and apparent randomness of earthquakes and tsunamis and storms. They are the works of a benevolent creator who loves us all. The best service you can do with your hard earned money is to give it all to your local church, so that GOD will have more money to create all his creations and then destroy them with his magnificent tornadoes.

    May 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • Dave

      Oooh, tha'ts a good one. Well done. I giggled.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • Troll Bait

      Obvious troll is obvious! Theres no way someones as dumb as your pretending to be.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Artist

      Troll Bait

      Obvious troll is obvious! Theres no way someones as dumb as your pretending to be.
      -----
      Actually you are wrong, come Sunday God Inc. is alive and well on TV making a lot of money. LOL

      May 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • ScottK

      Don't forget to call in and get your "Miracle Water" and some overtanned dou che to pray for you!!!

      I find it funny that you cannot buy lottery tickets with a credit card in most States, but you can donate to TV evangelists for 2 oz's of filtered water and a long distance brain f art...

      May 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • Artist

      Scottk you got to love the little prayer cloths for $25. Or if you want to get slapped around go see Bennie Hinn. He will smack the living holy ghost crap out of you. He has places actors in the crowd to build the crowd up to a frenzy. You see the power of the mind in crowds is amazing. Don't ask me how I know this first hand.

      May 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  11. Helpingout

    I was actually helping out last weekend in some of the hardest hit areas and I have to say many of these are nice people they just don't know any better. Nothing but the victims of lies past on from one generation to the next. A few of them have become a little savvy and are starting to break from this cult of ignorance, but for the most part they are good people. Perhaps just a little gullible and lacking the some basic knowledge.

    May 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • Artist

      Cults/religion flurish in ignorance. I have no doubt they are nice, caring and giving people. When it comes to their faith and belief, they simply dont know any better other than what a man or women tells them on Sunday.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • Tonya

      "When it comes to their faith and belief, they simply dont know any better other than what a man or women tells them on Sunday."

      It obvious you are making some great assumptions about people. Not all Christians attend church on Sundays, they also can read and pray everyday if they want.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Tora-chan

      But the point Artist was making was that they just don't know any better.
      They still don't. They could read the bibble until their eyes bleed and they still wouldn't have known any better than to believe a well-supported lie.
      They are innocent in that regard at least. Sinners they are not.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  12. Dave

    Yo Rob, still waiting. Where is he? I'll see you May 22nd this year, and next, and the year after that.....

    As Hitchens posited about this "jesus" character – "What is more likely to have occurred: the entire natural order of things was suspended, or that a jewish minx lied".

    May 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  13. phatfreddy1978

    just blow away

    May 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  14. Dave

    We're on an insignificant rock in space that's still in flux from the day it sprang forward from the Big Bang. There's no imaginary sky friend to look to, thank, or scorn for natural weather phenomena. I yearn for the day we are a smart, secular, progressive nation, with no made up men in the sky to worry about or allow to influence making decisions that help us move forward as a species.
    My heart goes out to the people affected by the tornadoes. Community and resolve will get you through. Not some fairie tale.

    May 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  15. Rob

    Folks don't sweat the atheists, even they WILL be humbled and bow when Jesus returns. They kind of remind me of the story of Nebuchadnezzar, he lifted himself up above the mercy of God and ate grass for 7 years like a wild beast. The God haters will have their place in the lake of fire which burns for eternity.

    May 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • JohnR

      Ahura Mazda is gonna fry your buns on judgment day. Just you watch!

      May 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • Tora-chan

      As if there weren't perfectly mundane ways of accomplishing Nebuch's madness!
      In a primitive society like that I'm sure there were Jewish priests who knew exactly what toxic stuff to slip into the king's food to cause massive brain damage.
      Get a clue and look for the real culprits, Rob. It was the priests that poisoned him, not your god.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Stonebrew

      @ROB – Sweet...can't wait, I love a good jacuzzi!

      May 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • TomC

      Suck it

      May 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  16. Ddog

    For every action there is a reaction. When things are in motion, other things happen. Sometimes they are disasters. Is not the earth in motion? Well then you have to expect things like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes etc etc. However – what you can't expect is that God will take care of everything. Sure he can, but why should He? That's what we're here for. To take care of others, especially when 'nature' does it's thing. And when we do that, it's a good start in the eyes of God that we deserve to get back to Him. If God took care of everything, then we'd already be living in heaven.....well that ain't the plan.
    We all have oppertunities in this life to prove we deserve a true heaven. Take care of each other, live a good life as best you can, believe in Jesus and someday heaven can be yours.....but folks – it's not here on earth.

    May 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • LetsThink123

      @Ddog
      u said, "For every action there is a reaction. When things are in motion, other things happen. Sometimes they are disasters. Is not the earth in motion? Well then you have to expect things like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes etc etc."
      Thats correct and logical.
      u then said, "what you can't expect is that God will take care of everything. Sure he can, but why should He?"
      What u said is that god is imaginary, but i doubt u realized it. u made up an excuse as to why god does not intercede when people need help. when people are dying from tornados that god can stop, he doesnt. But rather he chooses to appear on waffles??? that is not logical and your excuse does not make sense. What is really happening is that PEOPLE are helping each other in times like these. No god needed.
      u said, "That's what we're here for. To take care of others, especially when 'nature' does it's thing."
      Correct. Humans are social animals and we take care of each other. No god needed/nor Jesus's teaching needed for us to do that.
      you said, "it's a good start in the eyes of God that we deserve to get back to Him."
      get back to him for what? because adam and eve committed original sin? adam and eve has been shown to be a myth, therefore there was no original sin.
      you said, "believe in Jesus and someday heaven can be yours.....but folks – it's not here on earth."
      There is no evidence that there is a heaven. also u dont have to believe in Jesus to be a good person. Evidence shows that earth is all we have, and then we die. you are relying on UNVERIFIED claims that when u die, someone who lived 2000 yrs ago (Jesus) and who thought the world was flat (yes Jesus thought the world was flat) is waiting at an imaginary place called heaven and will only let u in IF u believe that he is god. All other religions/gods are wrong. Makes sense!

      May 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  17. jane

    God lives!

    May 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • Chuck Anziulewicz

      If "God lives," I just wish that He would be just a bit more media-savvy in this day and age. I mean, we’re talking about the same God that allegedly created the Universe (just 6,000 years ago, according to some people), flooded the entire Earth, parted the Red Sea, and whose Earthbound avatar came back to life after having assumed room temperature for the better part of the weekend. Why does He insist on taking such a hands-off approach? We have one Book which has been translated and re-translated, interpreted and re-interpreted, until hardly anyone can agree on what it means. We have dozens of Christian denominations, each with its own unique take on what God expects of us. Wouldn’t God be a little more effective in getting us to behave decently toward one another if He would just put together a website or a television channel or at the very least a 1-800 number? There is a wide variety of contemporary social and economic issues I sure would like to get His opinion on.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Which God?
      that Angus, Belenos, Brigid, dana, Lugh, Dagda, Epona, Aphrodite, Apollo, Ares, Artemis, Atehna, Demeter, Dionysus, Eris, Eos, Gaia, Hades, Hekate, Helios, Hephaestus, Hera, hermes, Hestia, Pan, Poseidon, Selene, Uranus, Zeus, Mathilde, Elves, Eostre, Frigg, Hretha, Saxnot, Shef, Thuno, Tir, Weyland, Woden, Alfar, Balder, Beyla, Bil, Bragi, Byggvir, Dagr, Disir, Eir, Forseti, Freya, Freyr, Frigga, Heimdall, Hel, Hoenir, Idunn, Jord, Lofn, Loki, Mon, Njord, Norns, Nott, Odin, Ran, saga, Sif, Siofn, Skadi, Snotra, Sol, Syn, Ull, Thor, Tyr, Var, Vali, Vidar, Vor, Black Shuck, Herne, Jack in the Green, Holda, Nehalennia, Nerthus, endovelicus, Ataegina, Runesocesius, Apollo, Bacchus, Ceres, Cupid, Diana, Janus, Juno, Jupiter, Maia, Mars, Mercury, Minerva, Neptune, Pluto, Plutus, Proserpina, Venus, Vesta, Vulcan, Attis, Cybele, El-Gabal, Isis, Mithras, Sol Invictus, Endovelicus, Anubis, Aten, Atum, Bast, Bes, Geb, Hapi, Hathor, Heget, Horus, Imhotep, Isis, Khepry, Khnum, Maahes, Ma’at, Menhit, Mont, Naunet, Neith, Nephthys, Nut, Osiris, Ptah, ra, Sekhmnet, Sobek, Set, Tefnut, Thoth, An, Anshar, Anu, Apsu, Ashur, Damkina, Ea, Enki, Enlil, Ereshkigal, Nunurta, Hadad, Inanna, Ishtar, Kingu, Kishar, Marduk, Mummu, Nabu, Nammu, Nanna, Nergal, Ninhursag, Ninlil, Nintu, Shamash, Sin, Tiamat, Utu, Mitra, Amaterasu, Susanoo, Tsukiyomi, Inari, Tengu, Izanami, Izanagi, Daikoku, Ebisu, Benzaiten, Bishamonten, Fu.kurokuju, Jurojin, Hotei, Quetzalcoatl, Tlaloc, Inti, Kon, Mama Cocha, Mama Quilla, Manco Capac, Pachacamac, Viracoc.ha, or Zaramama?

      May 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Artist

      And birds c r a p, what is your point?

      May 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • Artist

      My above comment was in respect to jane's post.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  18. Mort

    faith and this so called God has nothing to do with this

    Its called positive thinking or negative thinking get a clue about life and stop being so shallow

    May 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  19. God will not be mocked

    The Bible contains intelligence much higher than mankind's. 66 books written throughout hundreds of years by authors, many who didn't know each other, and yet revealing the same incredible theme. "All scripture is God-breathed." Have you ever noticed the pictures in the stars...thought about the code in DNA...looked at a perfectly formed flower...? I could go on forever but my point is...all these creations and designs mandate a designer. If life began in a primordial pool of gunk, why isn't it still happening? Why are there still apes? When's the last time you set your VW out in a field and watched it turn into a BMW? If you think Christians are so backwards and stupid, why not read, "In Six Days," written by 50 scientists...that is, if you can understand the big words.

    May 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • Chuck Anziulewicz

      If that is your understanding of evolution, then you ARE backwards and stupid.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Artist

      And you clearly don't know the history of how the bible came to be other than what your preacher has told you. The other points are not evidence, rather assumptions. Your faith is in man and his word.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • J

      A VW turning into a BMW? Can you point out what part of a car is living? Just because you can't comprehend how something over millions of years came to be, doesn't mean you can fall back on "creation" as the answer. Also, do some more research on not only evolution, but also the history of the books of the Christian and Jewish Bibles. Don't just take what the guy on the pulpit says verbatim.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • Hitch

      ‘all these creations and designs mandate a designer. ‘

      Who/what designed the designer?

      ‘If life began in a primordial pool of gunk, why isn't it still happening?’

      The initial replicators that we’d call quasi biotic life would have consisted of very simplified amino acid chains & self polymerizing bodies, objects which are today easily consumed by microbial life as energy.

      ‘Why are there still apes? ‘

      b/c it’s called descent w/ modification, a speciation event splits the parent population, it doesn’t replace it wholesale during the divergence.

      ‘When's the last time you set your VW out in a field and watched it turn into a BMW?’

      Non living systems (cars, paintings, watches, etc.) cannot evolve, they don’t undergo many of the processes living systems (organisms) do (self-replication, mutations, natural selection, genetic drifting, etc, etc.

      If you think Christians are so backwards and stupid, why not read, "In Six Days," written by 50 scientists...that is, if you can
      'understand the big words.’

      Trotting out a book written by creationists & propping out that list of elementary questions shows you’re not even familiar with biology.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • ScottK

      You betray your ignorance with comments like "Why are there still apes?" and then try to call others stupid with "that is, if you can understand the big words."

      First, we did not evolve FROM apes, we share a common ancestor. The book you reference is from 50 scientists who were already religious and found ways to reconcile their religious beliefs with what they had learned in science, not 50 scientists who became religious after doing scientific research that somehow proved the creator theory. And guess what, 50 scientists are a drop in the bucket compared to the thousands who disagree with them, they just don't all get together to write a book, they write their own like Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennet, John Maynard Smith, Michael Ruse and many many more.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • GetReal

      So your best argument against evolution is that a VW can't ever turn into a BMW if it's left alone. Wow, now I am convinced. Praise the Good Lawd Almighty! AmEn brother.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • John

      1.) Modern Apes =/= Apes and Monkeys that are today. They are two separate things but we share the same DNA.
      2.) Volkswagen aren't organic reproducible, in other words they can't reproduce.
      3.) One simple proof of evolution is bacteria and viruses, since they go through life faster than humans they only need shorter period of time to evolve.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Godfrey

      This string of assertions is too patently absurd not to be a joke. No literate adult could be so abysmally clueless about basic science.

      Um... right?

      May 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • AngelFire

      AMEN!!!

      May 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • God

      I will mot be bocked.

      May 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Science is a load of Crock

      @ All the Scientist the whole world
      All them big words are just scare tactics to make us believe you that there are right instead of the almighty bible and all of rightous stories of heros gone on to greater eternal life well I will tell you that i will never believe in your scientific nonsense if you just like you cant see a cell with your eye you have to have faith that it exist just like God i mean you have never been in a lab and seen your microscope evolve into a lab coat have you well then there you go it proves the bible is true!

      May 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • ScottK

      "We have not the rev er ent feeling for the rainbow that the sa v age has, because we know how it is made. We have lost as much as we gained by prying into that matter." Mark Twain

      Maybe thats why so many of the faithful get angry with science, it attempts to remove the mystery and wonder they feel when looking at things they don't understand.

      May 6, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  20. Chanselor Jenkins

    Artist,

    You do not belive now because that is part of God's purpose for you. He will open your eyes one day. You are going to find out that the reason you had to go through this period of disbelief is so you would truly believe in the end. I know this does not make sense now, but it will.

    May 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • Artist

      Chanselor Jenkins you actually made me chuckle and remember I used to say the same line of crap. I just feel bad for the people that I witnessed and they became christians. I hope they forgive me for what I did. lol

      May 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Michael

      crack is not good. there are long term mental and physical effects. Stop daydreaming.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
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