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June 22nd, 2011
12:28 PM ET

U.S. evangelicals gloomy about future, 'global south' optimistic, study finds

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

(CNN) - Half the world's evangelical Protestant leaders are optimistic about the future, confident that evangelical Christians have an increasing influence in their countries and that things will be better for them in five years.

The other half are pessimists, convinced they're losing influence on the life of their countries and mostly not persuaded that things will be better for Christianity where they live in the future.

Those are among the findings of a groundbreaking survey of more than 2,000 evangelical leaders from around the world, which the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released Wednesday

The split on optimism is between north and south, and the way it breaks down might surprise you.

It's evangelicals in the comparatively poor south who see a bright future ahead - Africans, Latin Americans and Middle Easterners.

Those from the developed world, where evangelical Christianity was born, are the pessimists. And Americans are among the most glum of all, with more than eight out of 10 evangelical Christian leaders there saying that the movement is losing influence in the United States today.

Among other results from the survey:

- Only 3% of evangelical Christian leaders believe in evolution as defined by scientists. About half believe God created the planet and life on it as it is now, while four out of 10 say there has been evolution, but it was guided by God.

- Nearly all believe abortion is usually or always morally wrong. A similar number say the same thing about homosexuality.

- They feel generally positive about Catholics, Orthodox Christians and Jews but have a low opinion of Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and atheists, with atheists rating the lowest of all. (Evangelicals from Muslim-majority countries tend to have higher opinions of Muslims than those who live elsewhere, the Pew Forum found.)

- Half say the Bible should be read literally. Half say not everything in it should be taken literally.

- Half say it is necessary to believe in God to be a moral person. Half say it isn't.

Pew Forum Director Luis Lugo said the "optimism gap" between north and south struck him the most about the survey.

"There are huge differences between the global south, who see things getting better, compared to the global north, and particularly the U.S., where we get down to 31% who see things being better five years from now," he said.

But the respondents' perceptions may not reflect reality, said Michael Cromartie, an expert on evangelical Christians and a senior adviser to the Pew Forum not involved in the survey.

"In the United States, evangelicals feels like they're losing influence because the elite culture isn't sympathetic or sees them as intolerant - which I don't think it is the case, but it's how they're perceived," said Cromartie, who directs the Evangelicals in Civic Life program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington.

In the global south, on the other hand, "You could see yourself having influence because the numbers (of evangelical Christians) are growing so fast," he said.

"The numbers are exploding. That doesn't necessarily mean you have influence, but you feel like you have influence."

Both sides think the south - where a majority of evangelicals now live - should have more influence on the movement as a whole, the survey found.

"We were surprised to see a majority thought that the global south should be contributing more - and leaders from the global south were even more self-critical," Lugo said.

Leaders from the south tend to be more conservative than those from the north, a pattern that mimics that in the global Anglican Communion, for example. If the south gains influence over time, it could push the movement as a whole in an even more conservative direction.

But Lugo points out that the south is not a monolith.

"Latin America is much closer to North America and Europe than to the rest of the global south" in its attitudes, he said. "They tend to be less conservative on homosexuality even than European leaders, and less conservative on tithing and biblical literalism than the rest of the global south."

The Pew Forum surveyed 2,196 participants in the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization held in Cape Town, South Africa, in October. The respondents were leaders sent by their home churches and mirror the geographical map of evangelical Christians around the globe, the Pew Forum said.

There are at least 260 million followers of the movement worldwide, the Pew Forum said.

The conference where it conducted the survey is a follow-up to one Billy Graham convened in 1974 in Switzerland.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Vince

    I find it interesting that a vast majority completely or mostly agrees that it's the governments responsibility to take care of the poor, yet they constantly elect people who continually try and stop those programs.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • J Y B

      This is interesting – I'm honestly not arguing with you here – b/c I thought most evangelicals are accused of wanting small gov't. I, a believer, believe in small gov't. I'm probably more libertarian. I'd much rather the churches and other faith/anti-faith groups took on social causes and let the gov't handle the biggies. Part of why the church is such a mess is b/c the gov't takes on so much and we do so little of what we ought. That said, those with strong faith tend to be far more generous than those w/o. Also, the Republican/Evangelical states tend to give away much more money as well. I realize that that could be b/c they're often the haves, but it's still seems to contradict what you are saying.

      June 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  2. Roland

    "In the United States, evangelicals feels like they're losing influence because the elite culture isn't sympathetic or sees them as intolerant – which I don't think it is the case, but it's how they're perceived,"

    This Evangelical quote is too funny. He refers to non-evangelicals as the "elite culture", and then whines that people see Evangelicals as intolerant. Dude... you just proved your intolerance in one quoted sentence.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  3. smukers

    It makes me very happy to see that cults are losing their power over the people. Cults are finally dying as people wake up to truth and reality.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  4. Chad

    A few points here. Christians realize they are sinners as well...kind of the first step, so we are not going to deride people for mistakes they make no matter how big. A Christian is taught to love everyone (yeah there are extreme churches like Westboro that distort the Bible for their own selfish reasons...note their heavy alignment with the ACLU). What a Christian hates are things that are hated by God. We use the Bible to define those things ... and an interesting point is that all sin has a negative impact on the person in their earthly life.... in other words we see the impact of unfaithfulness in marriage, the impact of drugs, lying etc.
    Churches are down as we have allowed some poor practices to take hold. Many recognize this and are striving to fix it...we are not immune to sin.

    one other point on the tax exemption. it will never go away. The reason being is that at that point churches, mosques and whatever can start publicaly endorsing candidates with no reigns.....not something I would want to see in my church either.

    Also about literalists.... How long did it take to build the Grand Canyon? I hear people say millions of years. Then I view the canyon beside Mt St Helens in Washington (about 1/40 the size)..... it was built in 9 hours..... many have seen this. just saying we have geological evidence we can see and have on video....hmmm.....

    June 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • TheyNotHim

      The "canyon" next to Mt St Helens was created by a volcanic eruption and the Grand Canyon was created by erosion over millions of years, so yeah, your argument is pretty much waaaaay off target...

      June 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Jaberg123

      "What a Christian hates are things that are hated by God. We use the Bible to define those things ."

      Do you hate shrimp?

      If not, why are you denying the word of god? He was pretty clear about shrimp.

      June 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Roland

      Chad,
      I support your right to believe in the Bible. However, you do not have the right to legislate that other follow your beliefs. The disgraceful alliance between evangelicals and the GOP will not erode peoples belief in a conservative political phiosophy, but it will eventually erode the general public's opinion of Christianity. At whatever point that the GOP begins to view conservative Christians as a liability, they will abandon you. Evangelicals have already permanently destroyed any hope of support from Democrats (who you have vilified now for 30 years). The future for evangelicals politically is very bleak.

      June 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Andrew

      And the only similarity between the grand canyon and the canyon created by mt. st. Helens is the fact that both are depressions in the ground. You have rather clearly defined and remarkably complete strata all of which dates to various time periods for the grand canyon, made out of quite a few different materials. The materials are fairly hard, with metamorphized rock, some basalt, and well packed sandstone and limestone. They are not easily eroded. In the case of mt. st. Helens you have relatively loosely packed volcanic ash sliding down a nearly 45% slope triggered by a cataclysmic eruption causing a single deposit to be laid with no visible stratification and happens to be a hundred thousandth the size of the grand canyon even in spite of the cataclysmic eruption.

      Comparing the grand canyon to the canyon created when that volcano erupted is idiocy. Nothing less.

      June 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • Chad

      Well back to the canyon example. Actually there are clear levels of different sediment types, remains of plant life etc at the Mt St Helens site. I have heard of multidegreed Geologic experts being taken to the site and claiming the levels were deveoped over centuries and eons of build up. There is also a very prevalent theory in geolgy that a volcano could have been a major contributor to the Grand Canyon being developed. Platetonic shifts have to occur for the canyon to have been developed becasuse the water source to the Colorado River is 2,000 ft lower than the heighth of the canyon itself.

      As far as not eating shrimp(shellfish etc) that was a Jewish law ... Jesus simplified those laws and that was pretty much eradicated... basically said to love one another.

      I will restate a little firmer that Christians do not want to force lifestyles on others, however if we have influence we can and should use just as any other belief system within the government.... that is what self rule in a democracy is built for.

      June 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
    • Scott

      @Chad: Your just another little snotty nose Christian trying to weasel your way out of responsibility for the old testament. What Christ sad was “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven."Matthew 5:17-19. You’re stuck with it until his second coming.
      He also said "Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; Matthew 10:34-39 Which isn’t exactly “love one another”

      June 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  5. NONBIBLETHUMPER

    Rick Sanford evengelical Christian is a shining example of todays Biblethumper hyprocrite. Their motto is: do as I say not as I do. Of course with these people it's my way or the highway.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  6. The_Mick

    When the sure results of recent Israeli archeology finally sinks in will the Christian and Jewish worlds adapt the way they did when it became obvious (to the open minded and educated) that the world is older than 7000 years and the Tigris/Euphrates valley wasn't the birthplace of humanity? It's now clear there was no Abraham or other Patriarchs -at least none who did all the Bible claims. David and Solomon were minor chieftains of a minor hill-country area known as Judah whose capital, Jerusalem, was made of mud-bricks and had a population of 300 while the major nation is Israel to the north WAS a real kingdom. The tall tale of a united kingdom under Saul, David, and Solomon was propaganda so that David's 16th decendent, Josiah, could claim the northern hill country (formerly Israel) as his birthright in the 600's. It didn't work: he was killed by the Pharaoh Necko. Consequently what "prophecies" did Jesus, allegedly of the "house of David" [no one knew any such person in Jesus's lifetime], actually have to fulfill that weren't full of hot air?

    June 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  7. NONBIBLETHUMPER

    Ever notice that Bibltumpers can never accept the truth? They live in a deluded fantacy world where hate is good,and intolerence is acceptable!

    June 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • scoobers

      from all your posts you sound rather hatefuly and intollerable, me thinks you should reread 🙂

      June 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  8. scoobers

    After reading comments day in and day out, people just love to bash on anything and everything, from Obama to Bush, liberals to conservatives, atheist to Christians. Nobody in these comments are going to change my mind about God and my personal beliefs because;
    a) most comments are ignorant and only said to get reactions out of people
    b) you cant have a legitmate debate on a comments board, much less on CNN
    c) research facts, as well as your heart with an open mind

    I understand that everybody wants to spout their personal belief in the loudest way possible but this is the exactly the wrong approach. To all the Christians out there: stop preaching your morality and talking down to non-Christians, that does no service to Christianity or what Christ stood for. Start loving people first, and then trying to help them in any way possible, dont tell them how bad and immoral of a person they are, that only turns them off from your message. Try to live a decent, respectable life and if anyone asks then by all means tell them what you believe in, but living what you believe in shows non-believers so much more.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • Scott

      “If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today,"
      Mahatma Gandhi

      June 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  9. Mr Johnson

    There are many hypocrits in this group. Drink, screw around on their wives, cheat, etc and then go to church on Sunday, say a few prayers, drop some moneyint he collection spitoon and they think they are saved. Religion is a personal choice between each person and his/her own god. Leave each other alone – live and left live.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • Interested48

      Amen!!!

      June 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • TheyNotHim

      I will not "live and let live" next to a group of people that see it as their civic duty to deprive my fellow citizens of their basic human rights. I will battle them to the end of my days and attempt to wake them from their fantasy world to rejoin the rest of humanity...

      June 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • Scott

      Live and let live only works if they are willing to let you live

      June 25, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  10. NONBIBLETHUMPER

    I recently had some Biblethumper ask me if I was "born again" ? I told the moron I was born the right way the first time and from the way he talked he needed to be born again several times until the Biblethumper got it right! Biblethumpers =Americas blight on society!

    June 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  11. brad

    EVERYONE has blind faith , even if they don't admit it: when you drive you have failth your car will work, faith no one will hit you, you wont hit anyone. when sleep at night you have faith you'll wake up, when you eat you have faith you wont choke. True faith is not in a "relligion(which is mans way of getting to GOD) but faith in His Son, who HE is, What he did, and that faith gets you into heaven. But I do laugh at those that apparently never read the bible, didn't have any kind of moral upbringing, and have no foundation in faith in Jesus, which is the Blessed Company of ALL faithful people. You can tell all of this by the anger and lack of knowledge behind some of the posts on here.. Faith is the belief in the unseen, not the just the seen. But since when we die, we'll be spending FAR more time on the OTHER side of Eternity.. are you willing to bet your soul on what comes after? Goodluck

    June 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • leonid7

      Is the car analogy really blind faith? The evidence supports all the assumptions you outlined the vast majority of the time. If your car has started a thousand times in a row with no problem, are you really just blindly faithfull that it will start again today?

      June 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • John

      If your so eager to join your heavenly father why don't you take a trip to the North Korea or Iran and start trying to convert people. If all Christians did this everyone would have what they want. Those non christians would no longer be bothered by small minded mean spirited trying to convert the world into their image and all the christians...well...they'd all be gone so who cares.

      June 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • beagle

      All of your examples have nothing to do with faith, they are all logical conclusions based upon very strong empirical evidence. For example I cannot say with 100% certainty that the sun will come up tomorrow, however massive overwhelming evidence supports the conclusion that it will. The same can be said about everything in life. Forming a conclusion based upon evidence is not faith, it is the first basis for science. Faith on the other hand requires no evidence whatsoever and even (in some cases) requires ignoring mountains of contrary evidence to come to a faith based conclusion. So basically your entire argument is bogus.

      June 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Andrew

      Yes, I have blind faith that the universe will continue to behave tomorrow as it does today. That is fundamental to my epistemological foundations. Despite understanding the problem with induction, I'm not going to jump off a bridge just because it is possible for gravity to suddenly reverse directions at the exact time I jump off a bridge. If you want, you can try it yourself though.

      I assume two things. The universe behaves in an orderly fashion, according to rules and principles which can be empirically deduced. Second is that my senses contain some grain of truth value regarding the universe... not to say they're always right, but that they contain some truthful information.

      In other words, the universe won't suddenly completely change tomorrow, and I am not a brain in a vat or being tricked by a trickster god. Those are my blind faith assumptions I make in lieu of evidence because if I did not make either, I would be unable to have any epistemological foundations. I do not need a third unsupported assumption of god, my model of the universe works just fine.

      June 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • Scott

      NO! not blind faith. Last time I tried to start my car I could see it and it started and so from experience I expect that next time I see it and try to start it, it will start. Last time I prayed to god i couldn't see him and the prayer did nothing....

      June 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  12. Mark

    Article says "Americans are among the most glum of all, with more than eight out of 10 evangelical Christian leaders there saying that the movement is losing influence in the United States today."
    Nothing could be better news for freedom loving Americans. These people believe they have a right to force their way of living and behaving upon the rest of us. They will have a big fight on their hands!

    June 22, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  13. Bob2

    "They feel generally positive about Catholics, Orthodox Christians and Jews but have a low opinion of Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and atheists, with atheists rating the lowest of all." On this basis, us atheists are lower on the evangelical scale than Taliban jihadists. Way to show God's love dudes.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • John

      The angrier they are at atheists the more we know we are on the right track!

      June 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  14. NONBIBLETHUMPER

    Biblethumpers think that Adam + Eve had a pet dinosauer and Fred Flinstone was their next door neighbor! Waiting for that rapture Biblethumper? No wonder Sarah Palin is your role model,she's a terrible example of what a "true" Christian should be!

    June 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  15. heerobya

    "– Only 3% of evangelical Christian leaders believe in evolution as defined by scientists. About half believe God created the planet and life on it as it is now, while four out of 10 say there has been evolution, but it was guided by God."

    Proof positive without any doubt in an intelligent mind that these people are all ignorant morons with their heads in the sand, thus, the rest of the viewpoints and arguments are invalidated.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • John

      Agreed

      June 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • J Y B

      I am not a scientist, so I hesitate to comment. I am part of the 40% that believes in what is called "Old Earth Creation". You can look down on that, but consider the order of Biblical creation. Unlike other myths, we don't claim earth & sky fell in love or that the sun is carried on the back of a turtle. I know there are seeming contradictions in Scriptures, but figure we don't know the whole truth yet. It is stunning how science supports the Scriptures. Light comes out of darkness, waters teeming, earth created. Plants, followed by beats of the oceans and air. Then mammals and ultimately humans. Don't you think that rather remarkable for a book so old?

      June 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • Andrew

      Umm, you might be playing a bit of Texan sharpshooter.
      I'm not really sure what 'light comes out of darkness' even means. I cannot really ascribe any truth value to that because I cannot think of what a physical description of that would be. Darkness is the absence of light, and you're sorta hard pressed to talk about time periods where photons didn't exist. Not sure how 'light comes from darkness' is physically possible. I'm also not really sure what 'waters teeming' means, but water collecting on the surface of the earth happened after earth was accreted, not before, so your order there seems off. The bible also talks about plants with fruits and seeds being created, when that was fairly recent, well after fish evolved. The sun and stars came well before plants. (Funny how you omitted that detail), birds came well, well after fish about the same time as mammals did.

      I don't think it's remarkable at all that a book could outline something like that. They got the order of the animals mostly wrong, except with humans where they made it seem like humans are special... understandably so for a religious myth. And they dealt with the creation of the earth itself before animals, which also makes sense for any creation myth. Any bronze age guy could have come up with that, no divine insight required. If you're impressed by that story, you should read some of the insight Aristotle was able to come up with.

      June 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
    • J Y B

      Andrew, there were no intentional omissions and what not. I was typing quickly and did not research before I did so. Shoddy defense considering my audience. I am not a scientist, but I was mentioning that something came from nothing (Big Bang and such). I did not reread Genesis prior to this. I am not ready to make a reply and don't know that I will be able to make a worthy defense in the near future. The kids are clamoring for a nighttime story. Obviously, I am not ready to go head to head with a scientist over this. I'll have to do much more reading. At one time, I remembered going over it and being impressed with the order of creation. I've always been old earth. I still believe in design and not randomness. But I'm not ready to convince you of that.

      June 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
    • Scott

      HEY!!! If I could make being an ignorant moron with my head in the sand pay as well as they do (Eg. H. Camping) I'd be willing to be a bible thumper too. To Hell with honesty, compassion, truth, independent thought and the advances of the last 400 years. Give me the $$$ and that old time religion (and out door plumbing)

      June 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  16. NONBIBLETHUMPER

    Hey Biblethumpers there's a woman down the road who's cheating on her husband,want to stone her? Evengilicals=American Taliban. Full of hate for many and they act the total opposite of what Jesus preached! FACT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • BriSoFla

      You are spot on! Thank you for saying it! Thankfully there are people out there that can think for themselves.

      June 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • NONATHEIST

      Hey, jerk, learn the definitions of the words "fact" and "opinion." Incidentally, can any reader accuse religious people of being more arrogant or hostile than THIS angry aggressive atheist?

      June 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • Nikki

      Fact, you say? Please prove it.
      And by prove, I do mean "prove." Do use the statistics and numbers that many seem love and rely on so much. No "stories," no "allegorical expressions," not even a third-party account. Just cold, hard "facts."
      Otherwise, YOUR claim seems to be the one inspired by hatred and closed-mindedness.

      June 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • J Y B

      This is more aimed at the commentors, but when was the last time an evangelical tried to bomb you or stone you for your differing beliefs? I've held opposing beliefs to many around me, but never turned it into some sort of attack or screaming match. I've never met these sorts of believers you speak of. Where do y'all live? What do they do? Try to shoot you or tie you up for skipping church or having extramarital relations? Y'all disagree with us, so what's such a big deal about not agreeing with you? You think we are wrong for our life choices, so why can't we think you are wrong for yours? There seem to be glaring inconsistencies here...

      June 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  17. john316

    Most, but not all, Evangelicals, have a "credibility gap" .... Intolerance and "my way or the highway" for their beliefs is the real gap. Most want to restrict freedom of choice based on "their" belief system.....and are working well outside the separation of church and state to accomplish their agenda......Once the tax exemption status can be removed for organized religion..... society can advance to the future ..........If their message is so clear and correct....they won't need tax exemption......why not test it out .....

    June 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Bruce

      You have an excess of periods in your comment.

      June 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • BriSoFla

      you are so right on this! I agree 100%. Thank you for saying it!

      June 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  18. russ139

    OK folks. Keep holding on to your opposition to evolution. It's a free country. But next time you get on an airplane or take prescription medicine, at least admit to yourselves that you do have blind faith in science.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Curt

      The blind faith is not in science. Only a fool would have blind faith in science.

      June 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • John

      As opposed to those who have blind faith in a god you can't prove and zombie jesus.

      June 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  19. Doc Vestibule

    Biblical literalists should be given the same credibility afforded members of the Flat Earth Society.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • Curt

      Anyone who would say something this stupid obviously has not read the Bible. Speaking on a topic you know nothing about means you have zero credibility.

      June 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • John

      Anyone who believes we (man) was around the same time as dinosaurs is slightly dumber then retarded. Also since we all come form Adam & Eve does that mean god supports incest? If you only have 2 people to populate the earth it's going to involve some inbreeding people! There really is no way around that!

      June 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • heerobya

      The Bible?

      I've read it, and the Creation story is even more prosperous of a fairy tale then the Earth being flat.

      Or do you really think women were really formed from a rib of a man?

      June 22, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • ColinO

      @Curt
      I've read the bible. His point stands.

      June 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Curt
      Are you a biblical literalist?
      If so, then you should be a Flat Earther.
      "He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in." Isaiah 40:22

      But really – Genesis and Revelation are two of the most fanciful pieces of literature ever conceived and I fail to see how anybody could believe them to be factual.

      June 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • J Y B

      Herrobya, Woman being formed from man's rib shows that she was to be a companion, not superior or inferior. It's symbolic. Evolutionist claim we came from other matter. The Bible says the earth. Woman from man. I suppose it's a sort of chicken and egg thing. You can say it's a fairy tale, but I say it's not that far from what was taught in my bio class at secular schools.

      June 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  20. swampman61

    it is all BS but I still have faith in what I don't know but faith isn't the Crap they dish out in a church......

    June 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • Curt

      Then you're going to the wrong church.

      June 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • John

      By wrong church he means church in general.

      June 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
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