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October 9th, 2011
07:42 PM ET

My Take: This evangelical says Mormonism isn’t a cult

Editor’s note: Richard J. Mouw is President of Fuller Theological Seminary, an evangelical school in Pasadena, California.

By Richard J. Mouw, Special to CNN

Some prominent evangelical pastors have been telling their constituents not to support Mitt Romney’s bid for the presidential nomination. Because Romney is Mormon, they say, to cast a vote for him is to promote the cause of a cult.

I beg to differ.

For the past dozen years, I’ve been co-chairing, with Professor Robert Millet of Brigham Young University – the respected Mormon school - a behind-closed-doors dialogue between about a dozen evangelicals and an equal number of our Mormon counterparts.

We have talked for many hours about key theological issues: the authority of the Bible, the person and work of Christ, the Trinity, “continuing revelations” and the career of Joseph Smith, the 19th century founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), better known as the Mormon Church.

We evangelicals and our Mormon counterparts disagree about some important theological questions. But we have also found that on some matters we are not as far apart as we thought we were.

I know cults. I have studied them and taught about them for a long time. It’s worth noting that people have wondered whether I belong to a cult, with a reporter once asking me: “Evangelicalism, is that like Scientology and Hare Krishna?”

Religious cults are very much us-versus-them. Their adherents are taught to think that they are the only ones who benefit from divine approval. They don’t like to engage in serious, respectful give-and-take dialogue with people with whom they disagree.

Nor do they promote the kind of scholarship that works alongside others in pursuing the truth. Jehovah’s Witnesses, for instance, haven’t established a university. They don’t sponsor a law school or offer graduate-level courses in world religions. The same goes for Christian Science. If you want to call those groups cults I will not argue with you.

But Brigham Young University is a world-class educational institution, with professors who’ve earned doctorates from some of the best universities in the world. Several of the top leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have PhDs from Ivy League schools.

These folks talk admiringly of the evangelical Billy Graham and the Catholic Mother Teresa, and they enjoy reading the evangelical C.S. Lewis and Father Henri Nouwen, a Catholic. That is not the kind of thing you run into in anti-Christian cults.

So are Mormons Christians? For me, that’s a complicated question.

My Mormon friends and I disagree on enough subjects that I am not prepared to say that their theology falls within the scope of historic Christian teaching. But the important thing is that we continue to talk about these things, and with increasing candor and mutual openness to correction.

No one has shown any impulse to walk away from the table of dialogue. We do all of this with the blessing of many leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, some of whom have become good friends.

While I am not prepared to reclassify Mormonism as possessing undeniably Christian theology, I do accept many of my Mormon friends as genuine followers of the Jesus whom I worship as the divine Savior.

I find Mormons to be more Christ-centered than they have been in the past. I recently showed a video to my evangelical Fuller Seminary students of Mormon Elder Jeffrey Holland, one of the Twelve Apostles who help lead the LDS church. The video captures Holland speaking to thousands of Mormons about Christ’s death on the cross.

Several of my students remarked that if they had not known that he was a Mormon leader they would have guessed that he was an evangelical preacher.

The current criticisms of Mitt Romney’s religious affiliation recall for many of us the challenges John Kennedy faced when he was campaigning for the presidency in 1960.

Some well-known Protestant preachers (including Norman Vincent Peale) warned against putting a Catholic in the White House. Kennedy’s famous speech to Houston pastors clarifying his religious beliefs as they related to his political leadership helped his cause quite a bit.

But the real changes in popular attitudes toward Catholicism happened more slowly, as Catholic Church leaders and scholars engaged in a new kind of dialogue with each other and representatives of other faith groups, most dramatically at the Second Vatican Council during the early years of the 1960s.

Cults do not engage in those kinds of self-examining conversations. If they do, they do not remain cults.

Those of us who have made the effort to engage Mormons in friendly and sustained give-and-take conversations have come to see them as good citizens whose life of faith often exhibits qualities that are worthy of the Christian label, even as we continue to engage in friendly arguments with them about crucial theological issues.

Mitt Romney deserves what every politician running for office deserves: a careful examination of his views on policy and his philosophy of government. But he does not deserve to be labeled a cultist.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Richard J. Mouw.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Cults • Mitt Romney • Politics • Rick Perry

soundoff (2,721 Responses)
  1. clearfog

    A cult would have such beliefs as, say, god's messenger demanding that the followers eat his flesh and drink his blood, that the dead can be raised, that women are not smart or pure enough to be clerics, that the earthly leader speaks directly to god, that questioning any tenet leads to eternal suffering after death that clerics must be celebate . . . things like that would be indicative of a cult.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  2. Lucky

    Isn't America a secular nation? How does it matter if the president follows christianity or judaiam or hinduism?
    Every American has the same rights as the other.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:54 am |
    • Chuckles

      Keep in mind that a religion is a very strong indicator of what the presidential policies are going to be, what he's going to be bias towards and what influences him (or possible her in some later election). Should religion matter? No, but we live in a nation that a solid amount of people firmly believe this is a christian nation and should be changed to become officially just that. Electing a Mormon in office (one like Romney at least) is a step in the wrong direction. We need someone who might have a loose affiliation or (here's hoping) a self-proclaimed atheist who won't allow an unknown whisper in his ear to influence his decisions.

      October 10, 2011 at 10:00 am |
    • Melissa

      No, its not a secular nation, and there's a significant portion of the population that doesn't think it should be either. The reality is that the founding fathers intended for it to be secular, but that isn't what happened. Its not a Christian nation either. Its a closed minded fear mongering religious one. If it wasn't, what religion the president is wouldn't matter. This is not a topic that should even come up during an election, except that the majority of the population in this country insist on harping on it.

      Think about it. Most of the country believes there's an imaginary man/woman in the sky. Every single one of those that believe that think that their particular imaginary man/woman in the sky is benevolent even when it explicitly says in their religious texts that the benevolent being will send them to burn in hell for all eternity for doing something as dumb as wearing the wrong hat, stealing a pencil and not being sorry for it, or even just enjoying being alive.

      And whats worse, anyone that doesn't believe this is treated like dirt. All because this majority of the population can't understand that another persons religion is none of their business and that they need to learn to butt out.

      With a population thats taught to believe what they are told by their religious leaders from birth, and to naturally capitulate like good little slaves, is it any wonder that they will believe anyone that says they belong to a certain religion even when that persons actions show otherwise?

      Its disturbing. And its time for the people on this planet to grow out of mythology. Yes, all mythology. Its time for everyone to stop behaving like children stamping their feet and going "mine" all the time. Its time to grow up.

      October 10, 2011 at 10:17 am |
    • c

      Romeny has said many times 'that his faith is the "foundation of his life. I want to hear what that is .

      October 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  3. May

    It is too a cult. Go to http://www.webster's.com and type in cult.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • albert

      Yes because we know that everything on the internet is true.

      October 10, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • Melissa

      Albert, you not liking fact does not change it.

      October 10, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • hicupper

      albert, if you go to any relatively unbiased accounting of John Smith's life and how he came to create the Mormon religion you'll have to accept that either a large number of miraculous events were bestowed upon Mr. Smith by supernatural forces or that Momanism was created by a normal person with his own motives or possible mental imbalances.

      October 10, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • Melissa

      hicupper, lol. Just like a burning Bush talked to Moses, unicorns live in my garden, and there's a monster under my bed. People say alot of stuff, most of it isn't true. And your John Smith died long before you were born. You don't know whether anything he said is the truth or not, you just want to believe its true. And you can't even ask the polygamist if he told the truth either.

      October 10, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  4. Melissa

    rofl. Yes it is. All religions are, some are just worse than others. And its one of the worst.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • c

      Melissa if what Smtih taught wasn't relevant in the present we wouldn't have millions of Mormans all over the world. By the way the man's name was Joseph Smtih.

      October 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  5. albert

    From the Bibles perspective, R.J. Mouws comments are laughable. What I always find interesting is that so called "Experts" Such a R.J. Mouw never use the Bible to back up their claims. They preach false teachings such as Christmas, Easter, Eternal torment in Hell, which are nowhere to be found in the Bible, yet they feel that they have the right to determine which religions are a cult and which are not. Jesus did not promote the building of universities, law schools or the offering graduate-level courses in world religions. The Bible makes clear its stance on those issues at 1 Corinthians 3:19. He was not involved in nor promote politics. In fact Jesus stated that his followers were to be not part of the world (John 17:16). By Mouw's very definition, anyone who follows Jesus is part of a cult. On the other hand, note what Jesus had to say about people like Mouw who follow the traditions of men over the teachings of the Bible Matthew 15:7-9. Also, not all who claim to be Christians are Matthew 7:21-23.

    Mr. Mouw, you are described as a "Top Evangelic". That is very
    laughable. You, by the very definition of the word, are NOT a
    Christian. less

    October 10, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • Maggie

      Very well put.

      October 10, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • c

      Albert- might I suggest that anyone who wants to know what Mormanism is about- read the book. the Book of Morman has numerous passages intermeshed with the Bible and a missapplied hodgepodge of world and American history. Joseph Smith claimed to have received divine revelation from this angel Maroni who apparently directed Smith to a specific spot in Palmyra , New York to dig up these golden plates that he and several of his cohorts translated into the Book of Morman.
      I totally agree with your observation; but lets say for the sake of discussion; one does not lean toward Christianity. What is obvious about Smith's interpretaions, tranlsation and transliteration's is there are very clear distortions of points of known accepted history and traditional Biblical teachings. he puts words in the mouth of Biblical characters they didn't say and adds his own menaign to what they might have meant. For example Smith spins this yarn about the transmigration of the Jewish and indigenous American Indians who over thousands of years some how traveled from points in the Middle East (Babylon) to North America. At some point the two warring groups engage in a big war that culminated withwhite people winning the battle. Smith explains that Morman's are descendants of peoples called Jaredites and the Indians came from the Lamanite's (or some such nonsense). None of this stuff is ever mentioned in any American history book I have read.
      Smith offers no historical explanation for the presence of other people in North America; certainly not the countless other white Americans he encountered who ran him out of several different places until the Mormans landed in Utah.
      *At one point Smith was actually tarred and feathered because he was diddling and converting the wives and daughters of the townsfolk to his brand of er "religion". *Smith justifies polygamy based on his version of certain Bible passages. He never bothers to explain how the Spaniards, French, English etc explored and conquered the Western Hemisphere. The Book of Mornan and Smith's other books (Pearl of Great Price & Doctrines and Covenants serve as the foundation for the Morman "religion" are full of blatant misinterpretaions, misquotes and misspelled words.
      I don't know how or what Richard Mouw qualifies as a viable "religion or cult; but Mormanism is off the chains when it qualifies itself as a viable religion based of such hogwash.
      This is America, we are free to believe anything we want, but I don't think Romney, Huntsman or anyone seeking the Presidency of the United States of America should not have to explain what his religious or the lack of beliefs are. Mormanism is a whole new dynamics radically different from any other orgnanized religion".
      Read the book of morman and compare it to the Bible and other text- Frankly I think anybody dumb enough to fall for this stuff shouldn't be President. Romney should not be let off so easy without at least giving those of us who would doudt his sanity for adhereing to such nonsense. By the way isn't that what they did to Obama with Rev Wright's nonsense.
      I want to hear Romney explain Moroni and this Jaredite business.

      October 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  6. Coyote

    Crazy beliefs work this way:
    One believer = delusion
    Two = love
    Three to a thousand = cult
    More than a thousand = religion

    October 10, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • hicupper

      lol! That's good. I think you're also on the edge of defining mob mentalities and sports club fan bases.

      October 10, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  7. mrgmorgan56

    All religions are cults...period. They belong to the weak minded of our society. They need something or someone to tell them how to act, walk, and talk. That is what religion was developed to do...to control to populace.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • albert

      Pretty weak argument. The same can be said of Governmental laws as well as any form of education. How do you think your thinking processes was shaped and molded?

      October 10, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • Melissa

      You hit the nail on the head. Religions of any sort are a curse on this planet and they have caused more pain and suffering than anything else in the world.

      October 10, 2011 at 9:58 am |
    • mike

      Religion has it's purpose. Who cares if Mormonism is a cult or not? The human innate capability for good, and for evil, is in every one of us regardless of what we believe. Mormonism, JW's, Catholics...you can find examples of people with strong beliefs that have done evil...and many, many more that have done good. Additionally, you can find atheists that have done wonderful things. Religion only matters if you block your mind off to other ideas, other thoughts, other possibilities. Mr. Mouw's article wasn't about your views on whether he is a Christian, or a good evangelical...it was about having an open mind and engaging in discussions with people who may think differently. Some of the comments on this forum point out the primary weakness of a dogma that is dictatorially applied to all humanity...and that is belief that YOUR belief is the only true belief. Get your head out of the book, experience humanity (and the other 99.9% of life) and try by the time you are on your death bed to have a little bit of an open mind. Walk in someone else's sandals for a while.

      October 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  8. pastmorm

    All organized religions are a cult; they all expect people to submit to their "teachings" and give up anything that doesn't agree with them.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • conrad

      To me that just sounds like society. People always pressure each other to conform, whether its religion, advertising, science, or the influence of TV and our peers. Most people don't like to feel either 'bad' or 'stupid' – as measured by comparison to others. There are very very few people who are genuinely 'free' in this regard ... tI mean, living in accord with their own deepest truths, uninfluenced by the pressures of the world around them.

      October 10, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • Scott

      Religions are mankind's way to reach God but it fails every time because mankind is imperfect and self-centered. Men and women have ego's and to fulfill these ego's, so we make up some "ritual" in which we think will please God. And because different people have different ideas on what pleases God, this is why we have different religions. The Holy Bible clearly states that "works" will never please Him because we are not good enough to please Him. Only by accepting Christ can we ever be sanctified to please Him. We do not need religions at all but simply the Holy Bible. That's it. Nothing more. Religions are predisposed to group people together and then the next thing invariably happens; fights, politics, wars, etc.

      It's like the high school lunch cafeteria; everyone sits with whom they feel more comfortable with and that is how religion and politics works.

      October 10, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  9. sparky91

    By definition, religions are cults. The sad part is, religions will try to have the definition changed so they can say they are not a cult. The best leaders of this country have kept their religion as a personal and private thing. Those that have tried to push their religious thoughts on others are seen as abusing their position. Presidents, and any other leaders can be as religious as they want, just keep it out of Government.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • Maggie

      anyone who truly believes in the bible will not be into politics. They are two different things and they can not be together.

      October 10, 2011 at 9:55 am |
  10. Skepticism is a virtue

    Why are people skeptical of buying a car from a used car dealer or having surgery from an unlicensed doctor but we're not skeptical when people tell us that there are spirits in the sky who watch our every move and control our universe. Imagine if our court systems, technology, and medical systems were all "faith" based. 'Your honor the defendant is guilty, I can't prove it but just have faith that he did and lock him away for the rest of his life'. That would be crazy right? 'Sir this medicine has never been tested for efficacy or safety but just have 'faith' that it's worth the $300 dollars it costs. Who would buy that??? I guess the same people who believe in gods.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • Veritas

      But it's about "faith", and you are not allowed to criticize that. All religions are silly delusions.

      October 10, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • albert

      You need to be more careful with your logic/arguments. Science claims that it is mathematically possible for their to be life on other planets. Yet zero proof exists. Many believe what scientists say because they are "experts" Based on your logic however, one is relying on faith for such "nonsense". Sure science has the luxury of hiding behind words such as 'Theory', and 'Probability' but let's not kid ourselves, people take it as "Fact". Your line of reason is very weak.

      Do not confuse religion with what the Bible actually teaches. The two are worlds apart. For example, religion teaches that Christmas and Easter are based on the Bible. Yet neither is found in the Bible. Santa, reindeer, Christmas tree, Easter bunny, Easter eggs, etc, are all made up. The same goes for the teaching that all bad people burn forever in eternal torment (Hell).

      October 10, 2011 at 10:02 am |
  11. r c boyd

    sorry for though but moronism is a cult. any group that add anything to the bible insures it self to be a cult even if is only just a little be different. better luck next cult.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:45 am |
    • Skepticism is a virtue

      Yes I agree they are cult but not b/c they "added" something to the bible. It's b/c the things they believe in (magical underwear and glasses,etc.) are completely crazy to any rational person. Not like Christianity of course, which claims every animal in our universe rode on a boat in pairs of two through a flood, and a virgin gave birth to a baby, and a guy came back from the dead, etc. Those are all totally believable!!!

      October 10, 2011 at 9:51 am |
    • conrad

      They didn't 'add' anything to the Bible. For them the Bible (King James) stands on it's own. It is simply that they have recordings of other people testifying regarding Christ that they regard as very important and meaningful.

      October 10, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  12. Aaron Burton

    All religion should be treated like alcohol, people under the age of 21 should not get any. Religious "teachings" to children is no different than totalitarian indoctrination.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:45 am |
    • SCAtheist

      Add to that children should be taught critical thinking skills before being exposed.

      October 10, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • Colin

      Indeed. Can you imagine when they first tried to tell a 21 year old the nonsense of sky-gods and talking snakes and pople surviving their physical deaths? The kid would try to have them committed.

      October 10, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • Ghosts

      Yes we tell kids there are "no such things as ghosts...well except for gods and devils and angels". What a great way to mess up a child's sense of reality. We should stop at "there are no such things as ghosts". Until of course we can actually prove that there are ghosts. I'm still waiting for that evidence...and no a grainy photo and a story about how your cousin once saw one in the attic is NOT PROOF

      October 10, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • Steve

      Why do we eventually tell our kids the truth about Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy, but not about God?

      October 10, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  13. munkittrick

    ALL religion is a cult....PERIOD!

    October 10, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  14. Maggie

    Jesus was the one who started the christian congregation and he left us a pattern to follow on how to be a Christian. While Jesus was on earth, the Jewish people were under the influence of Roman's rulership and the Romans were no gentle rulers, still Jesus did not get involve into politics or tried to free his people from the Romans. If we are followers of Christ why are we involved into politics? In conclusion, I can honestly say that the only religion that is following Christ's footstep would be a religion that tries to immitate Christ. Does any one knows such a religion? If there is one like that, I will defintely look into it.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • SCAtheist

      Then why did Pilot kill him?

      October 10, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  15. Tom

    Laughable...I thought this was supposed to be an article about Mormons but the first thing you do is attack Jehovah's Witnesses.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • Elmer

      I've never heard of any Jehovah Witness's creating turmoil like a lot of religions. They believe in a God, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit just as the Bible teaches. How many teach of a Paradise here on earth like Jesus taught? Remember, it says "the earth abidith forever".

      October 10, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  16. Colin

    It all builds up.

    Judaism = Bronze Age Middle Eastern mythology about a 6,000 year old world, taking snakes, men living in the belly of a whale, seas parting and a worldwide flood.

    Christianithy = Judaism + some Iron Age Palestinian about a ranting prophet rising from the dead and saving us from a sin committed by two of the mythological figures above.

    Mormonism = Christianity + some home grown American hillbilly mythology about aliens, other planets, gods doing human women and gold tablets.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:39 am |
    • texasgirl

      @Collin....Just by reading your comment one can see that you have NO idea what you are talking about. Jesus wasn't a "ranting" prophet...he was, in fact, very calm and patient. There weren't "men" in the belly of a whale...just one man, Jonah. Christians (real ones) don't believe that the earth is 6000 years old....it's a lot older than that. Almost all of the comments here that knock Believers show a lot of errors in what Christianity is all about. Maybe you all were exposed to crazy stuff as children and that's why you feel this way? I would encourage you to visit a Bible Church...one that uses the actual Bible to teach truth. Believers live a very free life and are not "controlled" by any human.

      October 10, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • Colin

      Texasgirl – no, I am not ignorant simply becuse I have the temerity to reject your religion. Jesus ranted quite a bit, if we accept the gospels, including a hissy fit in the temple that led to his execution.

      Seriously? You objection to my point about the absudrity of a man living in a whale's belly is to point out that it was only one man? That is in any way less ludicrous?

      October 10, 2011 at 10:06 am |
    • Scott

      @Colin; wow,,that must be some good medicinal pot that you're smoking to come up with that post. Now go back to sleep and play nice.

      October 10, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  17. JoeG

    "Religious cults are very much us-versus-them. Their adherents are taught to think that they are the only ones who benefit from divine approval. They don’t like to engage in serious, respectful give-and-take dialogue with people with whom they disagree."

    Sounds like every Christian I have tried to engage in a serious conversation about Wicca or Buddhism. Does that make all of Christianity a cult??

    October 10, 2011 at 9:38 am |
    • Coyote

      Yes.

      October 10, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • JoeG

      LOL well OK then! I was just asking. 🙂

      October 10, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  18. Investigate NWO/globalists

    Why does Mormonism seem like it was created by the Illuminati-types to further dilute the Christian religions?

    October 10, 2011 at 9:38 am |
    • Scott

      Being scriptural and being spiritual are two different things.

      When folks say that they are spiritual, it is very important for them to know that being spiritual does not mean that they are following God's Word.

      Scriptural teachings means to follow the Bible exclusively.

      Spiritual works can occur from either Heavenly beings or from the fallen angels so you have to be careful what you believe in. Some folks who say that they are spiritual think they're following God's word when in fact, they're following their own self-centered view of what God stands for and other false teachings disguised by Satan to appear Godly.

      October 10, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  19. Ray from Bisbee, AZ

    All religions are, by definition (see below), cults. Pretty simple . . .

    cult   [kuhlt]
    noun
    1. a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies.
    2. an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, especially as manifested by a body of admirers.
    3. the object of such devotion.
    4. a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.
    5. a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:37 am |
    • Investigate NWO/globalists

      Yeah, but are some cults more harmful & dangerous than others???

      October 10, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  20. Reasonable

    Christianity vs. Mormonism....which is real which is a cult? This is like arguing whether Batman or Spiderman are real?

    The only difference between all "faith" based belief systems are their number of adherents. The claims of all religions/cults are spurious and not supported with empirical evidence. That's why believers are asked to have "faith" because the leaders of these groups can't actually prove any of their claims so they just tell you to have faith.

    Millions of people believing in something does not make it true. For example, millions of people once believed that the sun revolves around the earth (as the bible claims). To question this was heresy, punishable by death. Through the work of brave questioning scientists who did not have "faith" in this idea, we now know the earth revolves around the sun. Another example...millions of people once believed crop circles could only have been made by UFOs that landed on farms. As it turns out, there was a rational reason behind this...pranksters using wood planks were making them at night.

    Remember that all people of faith disbelieve in 99.9% of other supernatural deities so that tells you something right there. Non-religious people are just consistent, they just believe in one less god.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:37 am |
    • ObvUsername

      Batman. I'm pretty sure.

      October 10, 2011 at 9:47 am |
    • Maggie

      Please do tell me where that verse is in the bible where it makes that claim. On the other hand, I can tell you where the bible states that the earth was not flat all along while we used to believe it was.

      October 10, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • Colin

      Maggie, you are right. Clearly the authors of the bible knew all about the World being round, long before we mere mortals. Now, explain the talking snake, man in a whale's belly, worldwide flood, magic sky-gods regularly appearing, men living to be hundreds of years old, staffs turning into snkaes, men walking on water, mind reading, levetation and the other host of supernatural garbage your "sacred" book contains.

      October 10, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • Ricker

      While I don't question your points, I would like to know where in the Bible it says that the sun revolves around the earth. Pretty sure it doesn't.

      October 10, 2011 at 10:22 am |
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