Princeton Review ranks most and least religious schools
A survey listing the nation's most religious colleges revealed some surprises.
August 19th, 2011
11:53 AM ET

Princeton Review ranks most and least religious schools

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - Bennington College students recently learned that their Vermont school had received an honor that some might consider dubious: They attend the least religious college in America, according to an annual educational survey.

Bennington’s selection was part of an intriguing national survey listing the Top 5 colleges in the U.S. for most and least religious students.

The survey is part of a larger study conducted by the Princeton Review, a Massachusetts-based educational services company, for its new book, “The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 edition.”

Princeton Review interviewed 122,000 students at 376 top colleges to rate their schools and describe their campus experiences. Some of the categories included: Top colleges for “Most Conservative/Most Liberal Students,” “Best Professors,” and “Great Financial Aid.”

The survey’s questions about religion, though, caught our attention.

The 5 colleges with "most religious students” were: Brigham Young University, which is Mormon, in Utah; Hillsdale College in Michigan; Thomas Aquinas College, a Catholic school in California; Wheaton College, an evangelical school in Illinois; and Grove City College, an evangelical school in Pennsylvania.

The 5 colleges with “least religious students” were: Bennington College; Reed College in Oregon; Bard College in New York; Vassar College and Sarah Lawrence College, both in New York.

Robert Franek, author of "Best 376 Colleges," says the survey’s method for determining a college’s religiosity was simple: The Princeton Review just talked to students.

“We wanted to hear from whom we consider the college experts - current college students,” he says. “Those are the folks who are the real experts.”

Franek says students were asked if they strongly agreed or strongly disagreed that other students on campus were religious. Students were asked to give their answers on a five-point scale. The results were used to tally the book’s ranking lists of the top 5 finishers in each religious category.

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Christianity • Culture wars • Education

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  1. John


    August 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
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      August 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  2. Tom Leykis

    Religion, "Intelligent design" and christianity are the source of most of the world's evil.

    August 23, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • R. Beckman

      Absolutely. Millions of humans have been murdered by religious freeks because they (the murdered) didn't believe in THEIR religous dogma . Personally I'm an atheist.

      August 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Jared

      What's your source for this statement?

      August 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm |

    “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” -Buddha

    August 23, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • Descarte

      I don't believe Buddah said that.

      August 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • SHRIKE

      Descarte said "I don't believe Buddah said that"

      I say "This statement is a lie." Cartesian Theory of Fallacies

      August 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  4. myweightinwords

    Of course, if you go to a college run by a religion, you're going to find a higher population of students who adhere to that religion.

    August 23, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  5. MrSarcasm

    Why are we reading about college + religion?

    The old 3 Rs (Reading, "riting, 'rithmatic) have been destroyed by the new 3Rs (Rednecks, Republicans, and Religious Nuts).

    August 23, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • The Half Baked Lunatic


      August 23, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • Mythyx

      Not a truer word has been spoken. Thank you

      August 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  6. Chicagoan1

    I attended Grove City College, and it was a great education, a great price, and focused on free-thought and liberty. Bash away, but it was a great school with great values, and most of all, focused on education.

    August 23, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • noteabags

      Especially if you're white and straight.

      August 23, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  7. Elizabeth

    It's funny. Bard College in NY is a very small school, so why it is even here is a good question. It was an Episcopal Seminary, and 40 years ago, as well as some Episcopal students and professors that still taught Biblical studies and philosophy, there were also Zen Buddhists and a Jewish Shule. This is still true. Why call it non-religious? Or have the Episcopals given up, and no more religious courses are offered?

    August 23, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • Shawn

      It's not the school that is least religious, it's the student body. The survey questioned the students about their beliefs and how they perceived their fellow student'ss beliefs. As to why Bard is on the list, it's a great college.

      August 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  8. ralk

    This is news why?

    August 23, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • jonathan

      Check out the section your're reading in .. 🙂

      August 23, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  9. Naomi

    Present Americans resemble the stupid ancient Israelites at the end of their kingdom. Both ridicule the very Source from whom they received all the blessings, intelligence and prosperity. No wonder calamity awaits.

    August 23, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • NoReDumdlicans

      It's people like you that should be put on a boat and shipped to an island far far away. The religious right wing nuts like you are ruining this country by trying to stop progress and equality. You are swiftly becoming the minority in this country and I can't wait until this happens. Then we can tax and outlaw your churches that breed nothing but hatred and bigotry.

      August 23, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • jonathan

      Stupid? 🙁 I think not.... their minds were blinded in part so that the gentiles could come in ..through those ignorant Israelites the blessing of Abraham comes on the gentiles...where do you get the right to judge ???? How could you be so vitrolic ? If you think you're representing Jesus you had better take a real look at your heart..You obviously don't know him enough to open your mouth to others... 🙁

      August 23, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • SPA Knight

      Naomi you are right on with your comparison between the blessed nation of the US to that of the Israelites. It's a good thing that God is more faithful to us than we are in return.

      NoReDumdlicans, you speak of the right wing as those witholding progress and equality in this country and then you advocate shipping them to an island far far away. How progressive is that? Your definition of equality is only inlcudes likeminded thinkers apparently since you are ready to exile citizens or move them into a minority status. That kind of progress is what socialism, communism or dictatorships are all about. If that's the form of government you want, then perhaps you should volunteern to leave instead of changing our system. Your statement "Then we can tax and outlaw your churches that breed nothing but hatred and bigotry" is really revealing your intentions to remove God from our country.

      I vote we keep God and preserve our republic as it was founded!! Those who don't like it are free to leave. There are plenty in line at our borders who want to come in and take your place.

      August 23, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • jonathan

      @spa knight we can keep the democratic republic but God does not get a vote check out the first amendment for enlightenment..you are however free to believe as long as that belief does not interfere with the liberties of others of this great nation..it loses its' greatness when petty pathetic religionists seek to impose their religious beliefs on others such as in Saudi Arabia or Pakistan you have no idea how in holy order you are with them..you sound more and more like the muslims everyday yet you can't stand them even hating them..and that puts you in the front of the hypocrite class to me.. 🙂

      August 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  10. Pastor Evans

    CNN without a doubt is anti-God. Anything pertaining to anything to be considered Godly, Christ-like, or Religious, CNN opposes it by mocking it and scoffing at it. Wow unto you CNN!!!

    August 23, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • Stevie7

      Thin skin, huh?

      August 23, 2011 at 10:45 am |
    • me

      wow, what a stupid conclusion!

      August 23, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • david

      CNN reports news of reality. This is not a fairy tail web site.

      August 23, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • NoReDumdlicans

      If you're looking for god you can find him at Fox News. They specialize in fairy tales and fantasies. CNN specializes in fact...not fiction.

      August 23, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • jonathan

      All you have to do pastor is demonstrate the power of God. You make is sound as if CNN is some great power...

      Where's Jesus? complaining about CNN ?
      Incredible, some Christians should take a time out or something... If you walk with God , all power in heaven and in earth belongs to you.. if you're on line complaining about CNN's power then obviously you don't know God nearly as well as you ought! The problem is not with CNN but with you...and your post here is a loud speaker of your unbelief to all who read here...:(

      August 23, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • jonathan

      Another thing pastor..... CNN provided for you a place to post your opinions and beliefs , and instead of boasting in Jesus, you complain about them...I hope you can see your own negative perspective...and change..

      August 23, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • myweightinwords

      I don't see any mocking here, I see statements based on a survey.

      If you see mocking, perhaps the problem isn't in the article, but with your eyes.

      August 23, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • The Half Baked Lunatic

      'god' is an idiotic idea promoted by immoral people to control and pacify the weak minded people.

      August 23, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • Ryan

      I assume you mean "woe unto you." Wow indeed.

      August 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
    • King David

      Please stay away from children.

      August 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • JamesT297

      "...PASTOR..."? Evans. Did you graduate college/seminary. Did any of them offer courses in spelling or grammar. No wonder CNN and the world has the view of religion that it does. "....Wow unto you...? We all laugh our A_s_S oof at this use of the biblical citation.

      Rev., Col., Dr., Evans: The reason there is so little conversation on this blog is that all the arguments FOR god(s) have been exhausted. They were thoroughly dispelled about 100 years ago and virtually universally accepted by educated folks over 500 years ago. There has been nothing new ever since and deists need to join civilization and accept facts as facts. Faith does not cut it for any rational being.

      August 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  11. vampire8

    Has anyone even read the Kybalion here? I just love reading all these comments, they make me laugh.

    August 23, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  12. UhYeaOk

    Another chance for all the haters to come out of the wood work to tell all the religous people how wrong they are. The hypocrisy of you people is laughable.

    August 23, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • bam

      it really sucks to have to deal with the backlash of thousands of years of religious oppression doesnt it....
      thank your parents and grand parents for instilling whatever loony religion u grasp onto without allowing u to grow with an open mind and figure it out yourself

      August 23, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • NYer

      How'd the rapture go for you?

      August 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  13. Reality

    As a good student, you have read the reiterations of the "fems" (flaws, errors, muck and stench) of religion. Therefore the seeds have been planted in rich soil. Go therefore and preach the truth to all nations, reiterating as you go amongst the lost, bred, born and brainwashed souls of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism as Rational Thinking makes its triumphant return all because of you!!!! 🙂

    If honesty pervailed: The opening prayer at all State universities (e.g. Penn State, Michigan State, Florida State, Ohio State, :University of California, University of Illinois, University of Alabama, University of Houston, University of Texas, University of Wisconsin) would be:

    The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated based on the studies of historians and theologians during the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven???

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
    ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.


    August 23, 2011 at 8:29 am |
    • Evidence

      There is a mountain of evidence to prove that the Bible is historically accurate. There is no other work of ancient literature that can be verified by other corroborative evidence as the Bible. It was written by eyewitnesses in the lifetime as other eyewitnesses. Christianity did not grow into the religion we know today. Those who believed in Jesus when he walked the Earth often died for their beliefs. And those that recorded their eyewitness accounts of Jesus would have been refuted by other eyewitness accounts had they been false. Don't you think? If one of your neighbors called CNN to say that another neighbor had healed the sick, raised people from the dead, and fed 5000 with a Happy Meal wouldn't you call CNN to give your account of your neighbor?

      August 23, 2011 at 8:52 am |
    • There Is No Valid Evidence For Your God. Absolutely Zero.

      @Evidence, so don't you think that this god thing of yours would make an appearance more than once every few thousand years, or even ever?

      You are grasping at straws by trying to claim ancient eyewitness accounts. That's essentlally unverifiable and will always be subject to argument. There is no verifiable evidence for your god that has ever been presented. Get over your silly sky fairy fictions and get on with living the short life that you have.

      August 23, 2011 at 9:18 am |
    • Horus

      @Evidence – the Bible cannot be corroborated by any contemporary works. In contrast to your claims, many of the Bible's historic claims have been disproven by archaeologists, historians, astro-physicists, and geologists. In fact, the Bible of today was assembled based on what the Nicean Council selected; not all the literary writings of the early followers of the apocolyptic cult known as Christians.....

      August 23, 2011 at 9:26 am |
    • jonathan

      My dear friends, the evidence of the living God is his very own spirit which is promised to them who believe...but to them who doubt, there is no evidence..just the awaiting judgment..upon which of course at such time there is no escape..

      August 23, 2011 at 9:58 am |
    • WiscBadger

      "There is no verifiable evidence for your god that has ever been presented."

      And you cannot prove that God does not exist.

      August 23, 2011 at 10:05 am |
    • Antiskyfairy

      There is no god. There, I proved it. YOU need to prove your god exists. Since there have been thousands of religions I guess they will need to prove their god's existence as well.

      August 23, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • Mike

      I cannot confirm an existence of God nor even attempt to make that argument. However, as a person with great passion for history and especially military history, I am inclined to correct a lot of the false attacks on the bible. The bible is in fact one of the most accurate ancient historical texts, much more so than the often accepted works of Homer. The military battles have been picked over and over and strategies repeated by modern field marshalls. In addition their is a great book called the 7 Truths of the Bible that have nothing to do with proving religion but the historical facts as agreed upon by archaelogist/historians/anthropologists, many of whom are nonbelievers/skeptics/atheists

      August 23, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      @ Evidence: you say the Bible is literature: I find that word choice interesting from anyone professing to be a believer. As far as a historical source is concerned, yes, you can find places in the Bible, but the miracles you use as the basis for your belief CANNOT be proven. It denies faith if you look for proof. Eyewitness accounts, that have been hevily edited over the centuries, prove nothing. The Gospels were first written down decades after the events supposedly occurred: can you at least concede the possibility that some events were at least exagerated, if not indeed fabricated? Why were certain books of the bible removed? If they are a record of God, would it not be blasphemy to remove them at teh behest of a council of humans?

      August 23, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • jonathan

      @ WiscBadger.... I have evidence .. 🙂 because I believed... The Lord heard my Cry.. 🙂 The Spirit of the Lord dwells in me..

      but as for the unbelieving , well they'll just have to wait till the last day for their evidence... 🙁

      August 23, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • Reality

      origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times

      New Torah For Modern Minds

      “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument.

      The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "LITANY OF DISILLUSION”' about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel - not one shard of pottery."

      August 24, 2011 at 12:10 am |
  14. anahadwolves

    I don't mind someone holding whatever religious views they might wish for themselves; that is their perogative. What I DO mind is when those same people denigrate MY beliefs/views, try to hard-sell me their views/beliefs or attack my values because they do not dovetail with theirs.

    You really need to STOP assuming that only you have "the answer" and only your religion is "the one". That is arrogance and it is unwanted. If I want to hear about your religion, I'll ask. Until then, please kindly STFU.

    Thank you.

    August 23, 2011 at 7:53 am |
    • RJStewartIII

      Are you willing to let people believe what they would like to believe without you trying to tell them they are wrong as well? Remember, respect is a two way street.

      August 23, 2011 at 7:59 am |
    • E0F0G0

      Respect is a two way street. I don't see much of it in your post, especially the profanity.

      August 23, 2011 at 8:56 am |
    • There Is No Valid Evidence For Your God. Absolutely Zero.

      Bad ideas don't deserve respect and ideas don't have rights. Fsck your stupid god stories.

      August 23, 2011 at 9:20 am |
    • jonathan

      if your beliefs are so strong then you should be able to laugh at them..why the contempt.... 🙂

      August 23, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  15. JamesT297

    The arguments about the existence of god have all been exhausted. There is nothing new to add. Those with faith have faith and they should drop any further effort to rationalize the irrational. The existence of god can never be shown or proven, therefore, one must conclude there is no god. Those who choose to believe anyway are missing something in their wiring as the enlightened world has known for over 1000 years that there cannot be any god anywhere at any time for any reason.

    August 23, 2011 at 7:40 am |
    • RJStewartIII

      Interesting, considering the "enlightened world" as you call it, has really only been around for roughly 400-500 years.

      August 23, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • counterfietllama

      Things that were previously thought to not have proof have been discovered, such as quarks.

      August 23, 2011 at 8:16 am |
    • Steven T.

      What you say is not quite logical. There are plenty of things I could not prove – my mother's love, for instance – but that does not mean those things don't exist.

      August 23, 2011 at 8:19 am |
    • VNeto

      When you see people using words such as "if" and "therefore", beware!
      The greatest scientists in the history of humanity not only believed, but knew that without a SUPREME being, our existence would not come to be!

      Look it up, wise one!

      August 23, 2011 at 8:52 am |
    • There Is No Valid Evidence For Your God. Absolutely Zero.

      VNeto, "look it up" is hardly backup for what you are try to argue for. State a specific reference or we will assume that you have no case.

      August 23, 2011 at 9:23 am |
    • jonathan

      If you are so enlightened , then why is it that you don't know the living God??? or I should say how is it???

      I'll tell you why, and how..God has chosen to hide himself from you...Usually the number one reason is pride..The bible says he resists the proud; so that he might catch the wise in their own craftiness.....

      August 23, 2011 at 10:11 am |
    • Mike

      Not being able to prove something does not disprove it. In science we can't prove a lot of things that we generally accept or fully discredit things that we do not accept. The existence of warmholes/gateways (whatever language you want to use) can't be proven but in the highly theoretical field of astrophysics they are arguments for them all the time. I think this notion that b/c some religious people are jerks and shove their religion down your face that its acceptable to be an atheist (which is in fact blind faith as well, do not confuse agnostic with atheism) jerk that wants to shove their opinion down your throat. To me the most annoying people are the far right extreme evangelistic christians and the far left atheist (both rude, intolerant (despite the atheist usually preaching tolerance), and unwilling to think for themselves (despite making the argument over and over they do by using the same tired lines).

      August 23, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  16. CN77

    All of you creationists who blindly believe everything your religion tells you have no idea about the current world. You sit in front of a computer that is possibly powered by nuclear energy and yet still have the gall to say that scientists and engineers don't know anything and that evolution is just a theory. You doubt something like carbon dating, without realizing how old isotope knowledge is, nor do you understand how far beyond we are in human genome research. Must be nice to sit on the sideline and contribute nothing to society, all the while criticizing the scientists and engineers who make the products you use.

    August 23, 2011 at 5:40 am |
    • Hogs94

      Not all Christians deny science or evolution. Many of us question, and do try to make our world better.

      August 23, 2011 at 7:20 am |
    • Let's paint with a broad brush, huh?

      All creationists? How about all evolutionists are sanctimonious jerks? Not all creationists reject science – in fact, most do not. However God chose to create His world is fine. If He chose to do it with a big bang, through evolution, or by breathing life into dust we still believe that their was an intelligent designer.

      By the way, I do not believe that all evolutionists are sanctimonious jerks – why don't you try not being so bigoted?

      August 23, 2011 at 7:33 am |
    • Let's paint with a broad brush, huh?

      * there

      August 23, 2011 at 7:34 am |
    • RJStewartIII

      "You sit in front of a computer that is possibly powered by nuclear energy and yet still have the gall to say that scientists and engineers don't know anything and that evolution is just a theory."

      First, you sound a little unsure about how a computer works, and secondly nuclear energy has nothing to do with evolution, unless you are looking into creating mutant humans and animals. Third, it is called the Theory of Evolution, hence calling it a theory. Are there aspects of the theory that can be laid down as fact? Certainly, such as species evolving to adapt to their environments. Do we all come from some proto-goo? Not so fast...certainly we can draw lines that may point back to that, but those lines go through large gaps that have yet to be filled in. Within the past 20-30 years, the 'missing link' has been touted as been found, only to later be disproven. Does this mean that there is no missing link? Perhaps, perhaps not.

      Much like how you like to bash on people of faith for believing in something that may or may not exist, you have to remember that you believe in things that have yet to be proven, but toss them out as if they are hard facts just to counter what you dislike. This is just as inherently wrong as those who toss out their faith as the end-all be-all answer to all things in life.

      August 23, 2011 at 8:09 am |
    • counterfietllama

      You do realize that many of the worlds greatest scientists have some sort of belief in a god type figure, don't ya?

      August 23, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • E0F0G0

      I have yet to meet a person who called Christianity "blind faith" who has thoroughly checked out the reasons FOR faith– and there are too many to count. Too many books written on the subject. Too many decent answers to Dawkins and his friends. Too many logic-based evidences. Please: go to Amazon and look them up and READ one– or more–, instead of assuming with blind faith otherwise. THINK, man.

      August 23, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • Ryan


      Yes, the theory of evolution. Like the theory of relativity, or theory of gravity.

      August 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Edward E. Kerls

      @ CN77 & Andrew
      Andrew’s Quote “It's not all that pointless, see while you would never be convinced that your bronze age mythological beliefs about the creation of the universe are wrong, since I can rebut (with peer reviewed journal articles no less) any claim you make, in rather stunning detail, those who are not so well versed on the subject who read the dialogue could be swayed to the side of science. It's for the benefit of others, not the already horribly misinformed.” End of Quote.
      A genius does what it must, to advance Mankind and
      Talented Intellectuals do just what their discipline allows.
      Discipline implies the teaching and enforcing of an acceptable patterns of behavior.
      Andrew; It is all in One’s Description and Everyone Else’s
      Interruptions over the Millennium.

      Here are some peer reviewed “Nobel Prize winners”, no less.
      You pick one or all, Sheldon Glashow, Steven Weinberg, Abdus Salam, Carlo
      Rubbia, Simon van der Meer, and last but not least Richard P. Feynman.

      All of the above “Nobel Winners” describe and illustrate their finding of
      millions of particle collisions in the same way.

      All of the elementary particles divide up into packets of photonic energy
      [light energy ] that Turns [or ferments,] into two or more sub-particles and
      some of the photonic energy [ light energy ] returns [or ferments,] back into
      the original elementary particles. It is called quantum electrodynamics/or QED

      The EM-fields of each particle defines the amount of light particles are in each
      particle or sub-particle. As the EM-fields collapse back. Andrew, you know QED

      “Let there be Light and let the light ferment and the light became fermented”& there was the Heavens and the Earth.

      August 27, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  17. Frank weaver

    The Bible tells you all you need to know without any help from science. Most science scholars don't believe that a GOD could do what he has done, that some form of science had to have taken place. Well lets see there faces in the end when GOD rises up on satan for the whole world to see. And how many people will fall for science on the odd but unexpand things that are to come?

    August 23, 2011 at 3:03 am |
    • Bizarre


      How odd that this evil fantasy gives you such pleasure.

      August 23, 2011 at 3:06 am |
    • Jay

      This comment is so incoherent I have to wonder if it's a joke or not.

      August 23, 2011 at 3:07 am |
    • zinthos86

      It's people like you that would rather support a "holy war" than the future of mankind through science. Why don't you go back to your church and talk to your imaginary friend.

      August 23, 2011 at 3:57 am |
    • nhop

      Your instinct, Frank, is right. But it was Vishnu, Supreme Lord and Preserver of the Universe, whom you should be worshipping. Please get on the right side of Creation. If you don't you risk coming back as a muskrat or even a worm.

      August 23, 2011 at 4:13 am |
    • Daws

      Reminds me of something by Dr. Frankenstein "they laughed and called mad, but you'll see, you'll all see, and then who will be laughing now!"

      August 23, 2011 at 5:15 am |
    • Joxer the Mighty

      @Frank Somehow I'm guessing you are just trying to make religious people sound stupid, but on the off chance you are not, couldn't God use science to create everything? Is it so far fetched to believe that God created the big bang 6 billion years ago rather than 6 thousand?

      August 23, 2011 at 6:07 am |
    • Gregory

      Nonsense, Frank. The Bible tells us about the God who created the universe. Science explains what he created and how it works. Stop promoting a false opposition between religion and science. Nowhere does the Bible claim to be a book of science or a book that explains everything. And in America today, those who thump the Bible are those who are least likely to have ever read it - deeply or otherwise.

      August 23, 2011 at 6:56 am |
    • Les

      The Bible may tell you all you need to know without any help from science – but don't presume everyone's intellectual curiosity is as limited as yours.

      August 23, 2011 at 7:38 am |
    • sir_ken_g

      The Great Flying Spaghetti Monster forgives you for your blasphemy.

      August 23, 2011 at 8:17 am |
    • Bernie

      Yup the bible tells us everything including but not limited to; a seven headed beast w/ crowns, 4 guys on flying horses, a god who knows everything yet got so ticked off at us humans, that he cloned himself, beamed himself into a virgin only to have himself killed for our sins...which he already knew about being all knowing and what not...
      Oh yeah, can't forget about the talking snake who framed Eve..

      August 23, 2011 at 8:24 am |
  18. Naomi

    Because of the liberals in college campuses, the American college kids have become defeatists.

    August 23, 2011 at 2:58 am |
    • Daws

      Would that mean that college kids are both liberals and defeatists?

      August 23, 2011 at 5:16 am |
    • jimtanker

      No, it would mean that Naomi is talking out her @$$ again.

      August 23, 2011 at 5:31 am |
    • Gregory

      Because of all the conservatives running society, American kids have become greedy, self-centered jerks who don't practice the biblical virtue of generosity and tolerance towards others, Naomi.

      August 23, 2011 at 6:59 am |
    • Will

      Notice how several of the colleges are in New York? The site of the 9/11 attacks? That means WE DON'T WANT/NEED YOUR REDNECK lDIOTS HELP DEFENDING US FROM "TURR'R"/FORCING YOUR PATHETIC CHRlST DOWN OUR THROATS.

      August 23, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  19. Naomi

    Secular American colleges and universities = factories of anti-christian self-smart perverts

    August 23, 2011 at 2:57 am |
    • xlntcat

      Having attended and lectured in both secular and "christian" universities, I found no difference in the number of perverts attending and teaching in either. Somehow, I doubt that you attended any university or if you did they should be ashamed.

      August 23, 2011 at 3:03 am |
    • Naomi

      I did. The rumors were true. Americans are only better than Europeans.

      August 23, 2011 at 3:33 am |
    • Daws

      Does self-smart mean self-educated? If so how is that a bad thing? I would rather one check out claims for themselves rather than taking whatever some book or someone else says as gospel. Yes that is anti-religious, but only in that it shows an unfortunate aspect of religion.

      August 23, 2011 at 5:20 am |
    • Will

      Redneck Christians = Fascist idiots who fornicate with dogs

      August 23, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • Cleetus


      August 23, 2011 at 10:17 am |
    • jonathan

      all you have is words Naomi, Where's the power of God top change them? Is that what God does, complain all the time about unbelievers ? Are you his representative ? If so do you feel closer to his enemies now? Do you think they will listen to you or come near when they're in trouble or will they simply flee from a scorner? The bible says to not sit in the seat of the scornful...Psalm 1:1-3...

      August 23, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  20. N/A

    Satan is not a God, satan was once an angel of God until he disagreed with the Almighty for which he was casted out if heaven into hell. The only reason why he has dominated the flesh on earth which is extremely weak but because he was able to keep his angelic powers. That's the reason why we see all this evil here on earth.

    August 23, 2011 at 2:05 am |
    • Joel

      Yeah, and Hogwarts is a bad ass college too. Additionally, the post above this was written by an idiot.

      August 23, 2011 at 2:31 am |
    • Paul

      Wow, you're credulous.

      August 23, 2011 at 2:49 am |
    • jimtanker

      No, Satan is a character in a work of fiction.

      August 23, 2011 at 5:28 am |
    • SighkoSis

      Is it just a coincidence that Santa is an anagram of Satan? I think not!

      August 23, 2011 at 5:58 am |
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