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My Take: How technology could bring down the church
May 15th, 2011
01:00 AM ET

My Take: How technology could bring down the church

Editor's Note: Lisa Miller, formerly the religion editor at Newsweek, is the author of “Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife,” recently released in paperback.

By Lisa Miller, Special to CNN

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, and Bible publishers are ostentatiously commemorating the landmark by producing an abundance of gorgeous doorstops. Leather bound Bibles. Two-volume sets. Replicas of the 1611 version complete with “original” illustrations.

The hoopla is entirely justified, since the King James Bible revolutionized Bible reading, bringing Scripture into a common vernacular for the first time for the English-speaking world.

It is not too much to say that the King James Bible - mass produced as it was, thanks to a new technology called the printing press - democratized religion by taking it out of the hands of the clerical few and giving it to the many.

Today, another revolution in Bible reading is underway – one that has nothing to do with gilt-edged paper. If the King James Bible brought the Bible to the English-speaking masses, today’s technology goes a giant step further, making Scripture - in any language and any translation - accessible to anyone on earth with a smartphone.

Just like the 500-year-old Protestant Reformation, which was aided by the advent of the printing press and which helped give birth to the King James Bible, changes wrought by new technology have the potential to bring down the church as we know it.

In the face of church leaders who claimed that only they could interpret the Bible for the common people, Reformation leaders like Martin Luther taught that nothing supersedes the authority of the Word itself.

"A simple layman armed with Scripture,” Luther wrote, “is greater than the mightiest pope without it."

In that vein, digital technology gives users the text, plain and simple, without the interpretive lens of established authorities. And it lets users share interpretations with other non-authorities, like family members, friends and coworkers.

With Scripture on iPhones and iPads, believers can bypass constraining religious structures - otherwise known as “church” - in favor of a more individual connection with God.

This helps solve a problem that Christian leaders are increasingly articulating: that even among people who say that Jesus Christ is their personal Lord and savior, folks don’t read the Bible.

According to a 2010 survey, more than a third of born-again Christians “rarely or never” read the Bible. Among “unaffiliated” people - that is, Americans who don’t belong to a religious congregation - more than two thirds say they don’t read the Bible.

Especially among 18-to-29 year olds, Bible reading has come to feel like homework, associated with “right” interpretations and “wrong ones,” and accompanied by stern lectures from the pulpit.

Young Christians “have come to expect experiences that appear unscripted and interactive,” the Christian demographer Dave Kinnaman told the Christian magazine Charisma in 2009, “that allow them to be open and honest with their questions, that are technologically stimulating, that are done alongside peers and within trusted relationships.”

This yearning for a more unmediated faith - including Bible verses live in your pocket or purse 24/7, available to inspire or console wherever and whenever they’re needed - has met an enthusiastic embrace.

For growing numbers of young people, a leather-bound Bible sitting like an artifact on a stand in the family living room has no allure. It’s not an invitation to exploration or questioning.

Young people want to “consume” their spirituality the way they do their news or their music. They want to dip and dabble, the way they browse Facebook.

Thus the almost-insane popularity of Youversion, a digital Bible available for free on iTunes and developed by a 34-year-old technology buff and Christian pastor from Oklahoma named Bobby Gruenewald. He conceived of it, he told me, while on a layover at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, wishing he had a Bible to read.

“What we’re really trying to address is, how do we increase engagement in the Bible?” he said.

Now available in 113 versions and 41 languages, including Arabic, Youversion has a community component that allows users to share thoughts and insights on Bible verses with friends. It has been installed on more than 20 million smartphones since 2008.

On May 2, Youversion staged its own King James commemorative event: for 400 seconds, starting at noon, more than 10,0000 users logged on and read a portion of the Bible – King James translation, of course - a kind of 21st century Bible-reading flash mob.

Traditionalists worry that technology allows young believers to practice religion without committing to what in the south is called “a church home” - and they’re right.

I did a public Q&A with Michigan pastor Rob Bell on the eve of the publication of his new bestseller "Love Wins" and was astonished, during the book-signing that followed, at how many acolytes felt they knew Rob through his sermons, which they regularly downloaded off the internet, even though they had never met him. They hailed from places like Australia, South Africa and New Jersey.

They listen to Bell while they’re working out, or commuting to work. They get their religion - like their meals - on the run.

It is now possible to imagine the extinction of the family Bible, long given as a gift on graduation day or other big occasions and inscribed with special dates: births, marriages, deaths.

Instead, the Bible may someday exist exclusively online, with features that allow for personalization: Link to photos of weddings and baptisms! “Share” favorite verses!

When Bible study can be done on Facebook as easily as in the church basement, and a favorite preacher can teach lessons via podcast, the necessity of physically gathering each week in the same place with the same people turns remote.

Without a doubt, this represents a new crisis for organized religion, a challenge to think again about what it means to be a “body” of believers.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Lisa Miller.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Bible • Christianity • Opinion • Technology

soundoff (1,564 Responses)
  1. he is alive

    satan wants the world to think he is also a fairy tail...then he wins

    May 15, 2011 at 8:10 am |
    • gozer

      stop coveting satan's tail.

      May 15, 2011 at 8:17 am |
    • Dave

      nah... the religiously deluded win if they can get you to adhere to their psychosis that there is an invisible presence working against you and the only way to be "saved" is to join the fantasy that some hypothetical deity can save you.

      It's the biggest scam in human history

      May 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Vulpes

      Winne-the-pooh wants the world to believe that the Oceans are filled with honey ... then *HE* wins!!!

      May 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Theist

      I wonder if Santa is using the same tactic?

      May 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • LeShon

      When will theists stop putting "Satan" into this argument? To recap: atheists don't believe Satan exists either, so the "Satan wants us to doubt so he creates 'false science' " defense doesn't work.

      May 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      Right, right, Mickey and Goofy work the same way. Everyone thinks they are imaginary figments of my imagination but every night they COME THROUGH THE WINDOW.

      May 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Epicurian

      Oraganize religion.... the opiate of the masses...............

      May 16, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
    • Epicurian

      Google Epicurus

      " Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
      Then he is not omnipotent.
      Is he able, but not willing?
      Then he is malevolent.
      Is he both able, and willing?
      Then whence cometh evil?
      Is he neither able nor willing?
      Then why call him God. "
      -EPICURUS-

      May 17, 2011 at 12:00 am |
  2. Platypus

    The Bible: A farrago of palpable nonsense -Joseph Wheless

    May 15, 2011 at 8:10 am |
    • annabella 51

      It's dangerous to beleive all untrusting thoughts – Annabella51

      May 15, 2011 at 10:08 am |
    • JC

      @annabella51, you're truly blind – JC

      May 15, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • munkittrick

      @JC: If she is blind, it's your fault for not being honest. Religion will be proven to be the one losing its vision when man begins to open its eyes.

      May 15, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • Vulpes

      @munkittrick: You put too much of your "faith" in mankind's meager ability to reject belief for fact. To wit, look at the level of political debate ... long forms and death panels. I do admire your positive outlook though ...

      May 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Luther

      If you can't believe in God, chances are your God is too small.
      ~ James Phillips

      May 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Epicurian

      " Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
      Then he is not omnipotent.
      Is he able, but not willing?
      Then he is malevolent.
      Is he both able, and willing?
      Then whence cometh evil?
      Is he neither able nor willing?
      Then why call him God. "
      -EPICURUS-

      May 16, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
  3. DonnieH.

    Good the world would be better off. What has been at the root of most wars? Religion. Terrorism? Religion. Oppression, discrimination, slavery,censorship, lies... Religion. When the people of the world stop blaming their problems on evil and learn they have to take responsibility for themselves and their actions instead of leaving it up to fate or divine intervention. Then maybe we can grow as a society living in reality rather than one mired in fables and fear...

    May 15, 2011 at 8:10 am |
    • gozer

      faint hope for that, but great post.

      May 15, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • Joe

      Get religion out of the picture and mankind will behave better. I think that summarizes the line of thinking you've expressed. Please explain communism. What religion based convictions are spurring them? The attributable genocides, extra-judicial executions, induced famines, and deportations easily account for in excess of 100 million lives.

      May 15, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • gozer

      yeah, joe, you'd rather be burning witches and killing infidels

      May 15, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • Joe

      Pithy retort there, Gozer. Truly you display the intellect of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. You've now invoked 2 of the classic fallacies of logical argument: point to a false cause and attack the person.

      May 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • gozer

      No Joe, nice try at claiming logical fallacies, but actually I was merely stating my expectations of you following past apparent dictates of your religion. Look it up.

      But since you've delved into ad hominem with Marshmallow, here's your own back at you, azzhole:

      FSCK OFF WITH YOUR IDIOTIC SKY FAIRY STORIES AND GET WITH THE MODERN WORLD, YOU FSCKING STUPID IGNORANT TWIT.

      May 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • sara

      Well done Gozer. Joe you really must realize that there are good and bad on each side of this. and Communism though not based on religion is an idea perpetrated by a few in charge. If you were to show democracy to the masses im sure they would rather follow something like that, or at lest socialism. But that all has to do with a few in control, not the lack of religion.

      May 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Scott

      Joe: Communism (Eg. Stalinism and Maoism) is not like atheism. It is just like Christianity. 1. Omnipotent ruler who’s word is law. 2. Dogma held as the absolute truth. 3. Punishment of any dissent or free thinking. 4. Demand for absolute obedience. 5. Violent opposition and oppression of other religions.

      May 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • Vulpes

      @Scott: You make an excellent point. "Communism" is a sociopolitical philosophy which necessitates certain beliefs. Belief is. of course, the core of religion. It is true that Communism behaves much like a theocracy. The irony is that it forgoes belief in the unseen for belief in humans beings need to be controlled for the greater good.

      May 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Luther

      Ridiculous. It is sin that has done all of these things. True, sin permeates religion, but religion is man made, not God made. Your comments are lost on your anger. Turn to God for truth, not religion.

      May 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      Good heavens, man, there are a hundred sweet old grannies baking cookies for the bake sale for every gun-toting crazy person picketing a soldier's funeral. Don't go overboard here. Religion does a lot of good when it isn't outlawing physics or revaluing Pi or burning heretics.

      May 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • sharon

      The Bible says, "Few there be that find the way", it's not for the masses.

      May 16, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
    • Epicurian

      I concur!!!!!

      May 16, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  4. JohnC

    This could be said about any book. Just ask any teenager if they have read Mark Twain, Moby Dick, etc and you will be surprised how our "required reading" is simply a thing of the past...

    May 15, 2011 at 8:09 am |
    • Sharon

      Sad but true, in my own experiences as a teacher.

      May 15, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • Nick

      The bible isn't required reading, if that is what you are implying. Why does religion (especially christianity) and it's followers have a knack for trying to push it onto other's lives and into the values of society as a whole?

      May 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      They smirk and say "Of course not! I don't READ things. I have a mom to do that for me." Then they stumble away while poking at a phone.

      May 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  5. Michael

    It should say a lot when the Information Age could bring down the Church. While I believe in God, I think religion is beyond evil and vicious and has nothing at all to do with any love, compassion nor forgiveness.

    May 15, 2011 at 8:08 am |
    • jendfly

      Maybe you should find a different church.

      May 15, 2011 at 9:15 am |
    • Sharon

      You'll be looking hard.

      May 15, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • Theist

      I wonder if the priest was thinking the same when he molested that innocent little boy.

      May 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • Luther

      It's therefore unfortunate that you equate God with "religion". Religion is man's attempt to reach God. Christianity is God's attempt to reach man. Big difference.

      May 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • Mike

      and what God are you referring too?

      May 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • Epicurian

      Your message is pertinent... One does not need a church or any form of organized religion to communicate with the deity of your choice..... We don't need interpreters charging 10% or more of our income to find peace in and äfter life......

      May 16, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
  6. Concerned atheist

    Stop basing your lives off of 2000 year old myths. Aside from general guidelines in social conduct, the bible provides no other practical tools for modern man. Religion hinders and harms much more than it helps. Let the fairy tale designed for grown ups go already

    May 15, 2011 at 8:08 am |
    • Chris

      And become an Atheist like You, and believe in the great atheist models of the French Revolution and Lenin-Stalin, Mao, Pol-Pot, and the Kim's of North Korea. Every time Atheists take control of the political process dictatorship and death of millions has resulted; yes your atheism is a great force to believe in.

      May 15, 2011 at 11:05 am |
    • FifthApe

      Chris – I see you left the Christian Hitler out of your list. Good for you. Most dump him it as an atheist, but hes one of yours.

      May 15, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • Sharon

      Chris, another problem with your post, apart from the set of culprits being arguably not all atheists, is that those killings were not done under the guidance of any tenet of atheism.

      In contrast, millions of murders have been committed under the dictates of religious belief, particularly of Islam and Christianity, or at least that is what the murderers have claimed. World of difference from what you are saying.

      May 15, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • Burello

      Chris, I would suggest you take a little refresher course in history. If you honestly believe that religions are not the problem and that athiest are, then you haven't really been paying attention to the World around you.

      May 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • sara

      Hey chris… if you believe religion has caused no wars… then I have some kool-aid you could drink. Its cherry.

      May 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Reply

      Chris you do realize that over 800 million people have been killed by religion right? So your view about atheist is way off.

      May 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • richunix

      Chris:

      Food for thought:

      I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

      May 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • LeShon

      @richunix

      Very well said. Very well said.

      May 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • sharon

      You should be concerned for your soul.

      May 16, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
    • Epicurian

      Well said again!!!

      May 16, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
  7. he is alive

    satan has fooled most of you, just like the bible says...

    May 15, 2011 at 8:08 am |
    • Enjay Sea

      And Santa will take away your presents if you're not good. Santa's greatest achievement was to convince the world that he didn't exist.

      May 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Scott

      The bible also says I can sell my daughter into slavery and beat my servants up to (but not beyond) the point of death

      May 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Theist

      He is not doing too good of a job, half of the world have no idea he even exist.

      May 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • richunix

      Was that Ha-Satan (Jewish name) who is an angel of god, doing gods bidding. Or is it the Christian version of a fallen angel to make war with god? Can’t really figure it out, but I did see the same version describe in the Greek/Roman Gods.

      I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

      May 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Epicurian

      Seems like organized religion has fooled you even more. I don't need an interpreter charging 10% of my income to communicate with the diety I choose to respect....

      May 16, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  8. Ben

    This argument makes almost no sense. It has a nice inflammatory headline, so I guess it was worth it for you to post it and get the page views.

    May 15, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  9. Evanestal

    This article could have just as easily been talking about schools or workplaces for which printed material and human interaction can benefit from technology. Church if anything is less likely to suffer this fate than schoolhouses or office buildings because – for believers – the gathering and fellowship is a divine mandate. Not to mention that churchgoers are participating in any number of additional activities on Sunday – from fellowship to worship to service.

    This article sensationalist bunk.

    May 15, 2011 at 8:07 am |
  10. pete

    About time. The sooner we discover reality, the sooner we can be rid of religion.

    May 15, 2011 at 8:05 am |
    • Epicurian

      Well said!!!

      May 16, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  11. he is alive

    satan is here to fool you and technology is his tool....he is here to diceive you...think about it and he is winning

    May 15, 2011 at 8:05 am |
    • Jesus

      Fail.

      May 15, 2011 at 8:50 am |
    • BookQueen

      OK gozer...You stole my idea. ;0)

      May 15, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • BookQueen

      You need to stop drinking the soy sauce and come back to reality now.

      May 15, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • Dave

      And you posting online means you too are the boogey mans pawn... muah ha ha! >:-)

      May 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • sara

      Um your on a computer right? Using technology? Using the devils tools?

      Just makin sure we are all on the same page here. Hypocrite.

      May 15, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • Enjay Sea

      If satan exists, and god doesn't stop him, then god is not good. If he cannot stop him, then god is not great. Until I see better evidence to the contrary I'm going to have to suspend belief in either one of them.

      May 15, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • crucified

      E\psi(r)=-\frac{\hbar}{2m}\nabla^2\psi+V(r)\psi(r)
      Evidence of GOD!

      May 15, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
    • Theist

      I feel sorry for you, really, you are so close minded its just sad there is no point to argue. When you get older, one day you will realize.

      May 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • bluemax77

      Yeah ok, whatever...!! Keep taking the pills...

      May 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • Epicurian

      Jim Jones would like you to sample his cool-aid.....

      May 16, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
  12. Davd Phillips

    It would not end the church, The church(the body) will still meet weekly in fellowship, and the breaking of bread in rememberence as commanded. The media will not will again.

    May 15, 2011 at 8:05 am |
    • gozer

      and when you eat the body of the zombie and drink his essence, the blue goat and the red queen will mate and the green slime will be released and Alice will down another pill

      or nothing will happen, as usual.

      May 15, 2011 at 8:15 am |
    • Epicurian

      Social clubs supporting fellow members are a good thing...... Organized religion with it's 10% or more contributions are nothing but big business......

      May 16, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  13. Raoul Duke, Jr.

    Actually reading the Bible should bring down all churches, because, once one does really read it, it is obvious that it cannot possibly be the inerring "word of god" and that the god of the bible is not worthy of be worshipped, let alone believed in.

    May 15, 2011 at 8:05 am |
    • ifugee

      Hallelujah.

      May 15, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      amen. God doesn't live in a book.

      May 15, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Kieseyhow

      For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
      (1 Cor 1:18)

      For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
      (1 Cor 1:21)

      But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty
      (1 Cor 1:27)

      But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.
      (1 Cor 2:14)

      And when these things have passed away a speedy destruction cometh unto my people; for, notwithstanding the pains of my soul, I have seen it; wherefore, I know that it shall come to pass; and they sell themselves for naught; for, for the reward of their pride and their foolishness they shall reap destruction; for because they yield unto the devil and choose works of darkness rather than light, therefore they must go down to hell.
      (2 Ne 26:10)

      May 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • Theist

      Just recently people thought Dragons are very real and alive. Same thing will happen to God, its a product of our imagination.

      May 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  14. natthenurse

    Churches are alive and well ! I belong to huge one...Technology can not replace God..nor can it replace the need for fellowship:)

    May 15, 2011 at 8:04 am |
    • gozer

      church bad. community good.

      May 15, 2011 at 8:11 am |
    • Sardukar

      Churches are empty..just go to Europe and check out for yourself...

      May 15, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • Lou

      "Science will always win." Carl Sagan

      May 15, 2011 at 10:49 am |
    • Not All Docs Play Golf

      So you belong to a megachurch with one of those concert-style performance services on Sundays?? Don't make me barf!

      May 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Epicurian

      Business must be good in the fear of afterlife business....

      May 16, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  15. Jesus

    Down with the church! Up with reality!

    Christians, love God in your way, not in the way of tradition that was made by man.

    May 15, 2011 at 8:03 am |
    • Epicurian

      Even non-christians can communicate without organized religion and their demand for a commission to save your soul....

      May 16, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
    • Worshiper of God

      "Christians, love God in your way, not in the way of tradition that was made by man."
      More like, love God in the RIGHT way, not in the way of tradition. Which is the way in the doctrines of the Bible.

      May 17, 2011 at 9:21 am |
  16. Martin

    If the Catholic Church is brought down it can only be a good thing. Anything that finishes that world wide network of child molesters is positive for the world.

    May 15, 2011 at 8:02 am |
    • esteban

      I'm not much of a believer and haven't been to church in years, but your comments are garbage. I've known many priests and nuns and all were good people who had sacrificed much for their beliefs.

      May 15, 2011 at 8:12 am |
    • he is alive

      the catholic church is the beast....read revelations.....

      May 15, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • rkdres

      and after 12 years of Catholic school I can say the majority of the priests and nuns were miserable and flaky people who ended up driving me further away year after year. I also had one obviously gay priest hit on me a number of times. The numbers of these types are too high to ignore.

      May 15, 2011 at 8:54 am |
    • gozer

      esteban, that the majority of the staff are good is not the point. One priest taking advantage of a child is one too many. That priest being then hidden and protected by the church compounds the evil. Repeated instances and a policy of protection, whether that policy is stated or not, is even worse. Even if the percentage that are molesters is similar or less than the general pop, the church should meet a higher standard based on its claims and the expectations of its sheeple.

      May 15, 2011 at 9:09 am |
    • Joseph

      @rkdres then don't read the N.T Bible it was edited by the Catholic Church(end of 4th century). Many letters and' gospels' were edited out .Learn better Church history.

      May 15, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • trixen

      If you want to know how the Catholic Church affects people's beliefs, remember that George Carlin was raised Catholic. 😉

      May 15, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  17. Dave

    Truth undermines religion. This is not a threat. It's a promise. The human race may have a brighter future!

    May 15, 2011 at 8:02 am |
    • Epicurian

      We can hope!!!

      May 16, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  18. Carla

    If Apple came out with an app they could call it iGod.

    May 15, 2011 at 8:01 am |
    • gozer

      Yeah. Then they could charge money for it and make false claims about its features, attributes and capabilities. Just like the religious folk do about theirs

      May 15, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • rkdres

      ..and the users would be called iSheep, and they would be forced to upgrade every year when the makers of iGod wanted to change the logic in the app.

      May 15, 2011 at 8:51 am |
    • gozer

      and the users would get all angry and defensive when some users picked a different god app to use from a different company

      May 15, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • Paige

      They already have Pocket God. You get to create little pygmy people and then smite them.

      May 15, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • sara

      Oh dear you all have just made my day. I thank you.

      May 15, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Realist

      Best post + reply string ever.

      May 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Epicurian

      Apple has more credibility.....

      May 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
  19. joesmith

    seems like a natural evolution of what is, and what will come..we see secondary education/university studies following the same course very soon..on-line studies will replace the collegete classroom..the only thing left standing will be the athletic complexes..

    May 15, 2011 at 8:01 am |
    • Epicurian

      We'll resort to online gamiing.....

      May 16, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  20. JWH

    Give up CNN, read revelation chapter 22, we have already won.

    May 15, 2011 at 8:01 am |
    • Enjay Sea

      It makes no difference what revelation 22 says, because it just contains text written by a man with a particular opinion. Check chapter 4 of Stephen King's The Shining. About as useful.

      May 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Bible Clown

      The last few pages of CITADEL OF THE AUTARCH by Gene Wolfe would probably contain better info.

      May 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Stephanie

      There is no amount of nonsense that human beings are not capable of believing. The question for us all should not be "Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?" but rather "Do you know what nonsense you happen to believe right now?". If you thin that everything you happen to believe is true, you are most definitely deluding yourself.

      May 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • Realist

      The saddest part is how foundational Christianity becomes in people's lives. If my in-laws and wife knew the truth they'd be suicidal.

      May 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Epicurian

      What was the prize?????

      May 16, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.