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February 21st, 2012
06:20 PM ET

Jeremy Lin emerges as emblem of burgeoning Asian-American Christianity

By Steve Almasy, CNN

(CNN) - When Jeremy Lin was a sophomore at Harvard, he was struggling emotionally. A good guard on an awful basketball team – the Crimson finished the season with an 8-22 record – he needed something more than hoops.

Lin, who had been baptized into an evangelical Chinese church near San Francisco in ninth grade and had come to value Christian fellowship through his youth group, was part of the  Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Christian Fellowship group, regularly attending Bible study.

But most of his life was spent with his basketball teammates and other athletes, he later told the Student Soul, a website of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

“It’s a tough environment and if you don’t have appropriate boundaries, you’ll compromise your faith,” he told the website, run by a major Christian college ministry, in 2010.

So, during his sophomore year, Lin stepped up his involvement in the Asian-American Christian group, about 80 members strong, gaining a sense of community that had eluded him.

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Those kinds of stories are becoming increasingly commonplace as more second generation Asian-Americans like Lin join campus Christian groups, said Carolyn Chen, who directs Asian-American Studies at Northwestern University.

"What's happening at the college level, for students this is a really important time and this is a really important form of community," Chen said. "It is also somewhat like an extended family for them."

According to the latest census, the Asian population in the United States grew by 43.3% between 2000 and 2010, the largest percentage increase of any ethnic or racial group. Asians make up just under 5% of the population.

Asian-American Christianity, experts say, is growing along with that population boom, especially among second generation Chinese-Americans. Jeremy Lin, whose parents are from Taiwan and who talks openly about his Christian faith, has become a symbol of that trend.

Pyong Gap Min , a sociology professor at Queens College in New York, said there has been growth in the number of Asian-America Christian churches, though it is hard to get reliable numbers on the size of the community.

But Min said the number of Pan-Asian churches is increasing, especially on the West Coast, where congregations that have traditionally been dominated by one ethnicity have become multiethnic. Many of those churches are adding services specifically for second generation Asian-Americans, many of whom want services in English.

Chen said more Asian-Americans are also joining traditionally white evangelical congregations.

“You see Asians gaining more visibility in American evangelical circles,” Chen said. “What you are seeing is more integration.”

Lin grew up in Chinese churches. On college campuses, Asian Christian groups have grown up separately from the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Jeremy Yang, a senior at Harvard who sits on the board of the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Christian Fellowship, said his group offers a place where faith and culture intersect. Students feel comfortable being with and sharing their faith with other Asian-Americans, he said.

The Harvard group began in 1994 as part of the Harvard-Radcliffe Christian Fellowship. So many Asians joined their Bible study that the founders decided to form a separate entity, he said.

“The growth was really explosive,” he said. “There is something about being Asian-American that attracted people into the fellowship.”

Fenggang Yang, author of “Chinese Christians in America: Conversion, Assimilation, and Adhesive Identities” and a professor at Purdue University, said Asians are drawn to Christianity partly by values that dovetail with Asian culture, including thrift, education and family.

“In that way it helps them assimilate into the U.S. culture while preserving important aspects of their cultures,” he wrote in an e-mail.

Evangelicals tend to have a value system that fits a widely held Asian desire for order and success, he writes in his book, adding via e-mail that Lin is being lifted up as an example of those values.

Despite being a superstar in high school, Lin received no scholarship offers to college. And despite being a high-scoring player by his senior year in college, he didn't get drafted by the NBA.

Lin signed a free agent contract with the Golden State Warriors and seemed to get in the game only when his team was way ahead or far behind.

The Warriors sent him down to a developmental league, where he fought emotional battles while on long, late-night bus rides, he told an audience at River of Life Christian Church in Santa Clara, California, last year.

Lin, who until last month was sitting on his third bench in his short pro career, was given a chance to play when some fellow New York Knicks were injured. He responded with a record-setting stretch of games in which he scored more points in his first five starts than stars like Michael Jordan or Allen Iverson had over a similar number of games.

As a student, Lin led what the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Christian Fellowship calls a "family group," a small group devoted to Bible study and praying for others.

"A lot of people looked up to him because he was good at sports and really solid in his faith," said Yang, the Harvard senior.

Lin, who has said he may become a pastor someday, credits his rise as a professional athlete to understanding the way God was working in his life and developing a trust in God’s plan.

"I've surrendered that to God. I'm not in a battle with what everybody else thinks anymore," he told the San Jose Mercury News last week.

But there have been plenty of struggles.

When he was sent down to the minor league the first time, Lin told a church group last year, he turned to his pastor, Stephen Chen, at the Church in Christ in Mountain View, California. Chen told him to spend an hour a day with God.

Lin memorized a few Bible verses, Chen says, including a passage from Paul’s letter to the Romans in the New Testament that reads in part: “We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

Chen told CNN's Sandra Endo last week that Lin doesn't believe in a prosperity gospel, where having great faith means everything will always work out.

"It's true hard things may come and you're not guaranteed an outcome but through it all, there'll be joy because you're walking with the Lord," Chen said. "The greatest joy you could have. Greater joy than being a professional NBA basketball player all-star."

Michael Chang, a Taiwanese-American who was once the second ranked tennis player in the world, said Lin will need to keep a balance in his life that can be hard in the world of competitive sports.

Sports stars are offered a tricky platform, said Chang, who now plays tennis on the Champions Tour and runs a Christian foundation that administers several sports leagues. People will listen to your every word, but they also watch your every move, waiting to see what you will do in public, he said. They  equate your value with your success or lack of it in the spotlight.

"As believers, we don't measure it that way," Chang said. "For us, it's going out there, knowing the Lord, and being able to take all the talents and gifts that you've been given and use that as a platform to  touch lives and touch hearts."

Lin told the Mercury News that his own battle as a believer continues.

"There is so much temptation to hold on to my career even more now," Lin told the paper. "To try to micromanage and dictate every little aspect. But that's not how I want to do things anymore. I'm thinking about how can I trust God more? How can I surrender more?

"It's a fight,” he said. “But it's one I'm going to keep fighting."

- Producer/Writer

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  1. Abdi Bori

    You guys pouse for a minute and think that you are going to be asked reason out what you are saying now? Attonment is real. Do not be fool ! Be ready to join your creator !

    Abdi

    February 26, 2012 at 12:54 am |
  2. Kate Johnson

    Hey CNN Belief editors – When I first started reading your section, I was sad. It seemed like every article regarding Christianity was negative. Now I understand there are plenty of bad things going on out there related to the church, but in my own experience there are also many positives, so the section seemed out of balance. That has changed a lot recently. This section seems more balanced, showing the bad....and the good. So thank you for the many articles I've read lately that were very encouraging. It's appreciated.

    February 26, 2012 at 12:36 am |
  3. mickey

    GOD: God is the Creator of the universe in all its dimensions and the source of Knowledge in all sentient beings.
    God has sent a New Revelation, a Teaching and a Pathway to rekindle humanity’s relationship with the Creator as we face living in a declining world. The New Message comes with the Will and Power of God to unite the world’s religions, to end our ceaseless conflicts and to call forth the greater gifts that each person has brought into the world. The New Message is the largest Revelation of its kind ever to be given to humanity.
    We stand at the threshold of Great Waves of environmental, economic and political upheaval and change which will alter the face of Earth. Humanity must unite to prevent collapse from within and subjugation from without.
    Each of us has been sent into the world for a greater purpose, waiting to be discovered. This greater purpose resides beyond the realm and the reach of the intellect, in Knowledge that lives deep within us.
    KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge is the core reality within us, a deeper mind beyond the intellect, and is our direct connection to God. Knowledge represents the part of us that has never left God. Instinct and Intuition are at the surface of Inner Knowledge.
    We live in a Greater Community of intelligent life in the universe for which humanity must prepare.
    We live in both a mental and physical environment. The mental environment contains forces that affect our thinking and emotions and that can dominate us until we become strong with Knowledge.

    http://newmessage.org

    February 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • jimtanker

      These are all assertions for which you have NO evidence of.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  4. HaNnAh NaNnErIe

    Reblogged this on Soliloquies... and commented:
    "Lin, who has said he may become a pastor someday, credits his rise as a professional athlete to understanding the way God was working in his life and developing a trust in God’s plan.

    "I've surrendered that to God. I'm not in a battle with what everybody else thinks anymore," he told the San Jose Mercury News last week."
    🙂

    February 24, 2012 at 3:29 am |
  5. yneemee

    Why does CNN and MSNBC hate anything Christian or white ???

    February 24, 2012 at 12:01 am |
    • Think again

      @ yneemee
      Why does talking about something (reporting in this case) const.itute hate to you?

      February 24, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  6. Awesome

    Great read.

    February 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
  7. Theophilus

    I lost all respect for Lin when I found out he went to Harvard!

    February 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • Asherah Kuanyin Ganesha Adonai Zeus

      yeah, Ivy League schools are way overrated.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:36 am |
  8. Heysoos

    I lost all respect and regard for Jeremy Lin the moment I found out that he was an evangelical. What a waste of all that Harvard education and inborn talent...

    February 23, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Rolls Eyes

      The anti-religion thing is getting so old. And increasingly hypocritical.

      February 23, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • Patrica Janssen

      How bitter you are! You are missing the True JOY that comes from knowing Christ and putting Christ and Others ahead of yourself!

      February 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Harvard Ol Timer

      Remeber bigotry, Harvard was founded by Christian.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:39 am |
    • The Guy

      I love the, "putting Christ and Others ahead of yourself" thing. The whole notion being putting "christ" and others ahead of you is because you think god recognizes good deeds for entry to heaven and you're actually just trying to save your own a$s from a red man with horns and a cape who apparently lives in dense rock underneath us.

      February 24, 2012 at 8:15 am |
    • Just Say'in

      Funny the other posters assume Heysoos is anti-religion because he doesn’t like evangelicals. Lots of other Christians don’t like evangelicals to say nothing over other religious groups.

      February 24, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • John

      Directed @ "TheGuy"

      Atheists, with all of their talk about logic, rely on straw man arguments more than any other group of people I've ever encountered.

      February 25, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
    • Satanluv

      Christ is dead...like elvis and tupac....gonna stay that way too...get used to it

      March 12, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
  9. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you fat.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer gives you knobbly knees.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    February 22, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
    • PJJJ

      PRAYER ALLOWS A PERSON TO COMMUNICATE WITH GOD THE CREATOR OF EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING. WHAT A PRIVILEGE THAT IS! TRUE WISDOM COMES FROM GOD NOT OURSELVES.

      February 23, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Asherah Kuanyin Ganesha Adonai Zeus

      Prayer is prayer. Ain't nothing wrong with that.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:37 am |
    • Disciple

      I love how athiests are so sure that they are right. That is because they are so full of pride that they are blinded. Pride is the greatest sin because it blinds us and causes us to fall into other sin. It separates us from God's loving grace because we refuse the grace, believing that we are so great we don't need it. Pride convinces us that we don't need God. It convinces us that we are greater than God. It convinces us that God is not even in the picture called life. But, Satan, who fell from God's grace and from his life of eternal bliss with God, knows all about pride. He is the master of it. He spreads it to God's children (us) because he is angry with God. It is his attempt to "get back at God" for throwing him out of heaven. Pride makes human beings really ugly. Prideful people are smug and stuck on themselves. They feel that everyone has to think the same way that they do. They are so blind, that they cannot even see that others think they are somewhat disgusting. Their friends are equally prideful. They think of themselves first. They are selfish and spiteful. They make fun of the beliefs of other people, instead of having an open mind. They are like the Pharoah in the Bible who would not listen to Moses. Hard hearted. Believers, on the other hand, have been granted the supernatural gift called faith. Faith is the gift that allows one to see and believe. Once you see and believe, you want to pray. Prayer is talking to God. God talks back. Non-believers will never understand this. You can't know and understand until you have the gift. The gift opens the blinding curtains and reveals many secrets of life. You learn how to be happy. You are given messages regarding your special mission from God. No, I am not crazy. I have been lifted up and I reside in the arms of my Lord. My feet are still here on Earth to remind you that you too have a place in God's family. You have a special job. It is your job to open the window and listen for Jesus' footstep approaching your porch. When he knocks, let him in. If you don't know how to believe, just ask him for help and he will give it to you. God bless you, non-believer. God loves you and he wants your love too.

      February 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • LHandRBrain

      Discipline,

      You're being a bit hypocritical, for you are also showing your pride.

      February 26, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • Lorraine

      Wow, repost much? I swear this is on EVERY beliefblog message board. Sure, be for or against anything you want, but try to be original.

      February 26, 2012 at 10:44 am |
  10. IanWoo

    This is idiotic. What about John Woo!?!?! He's been living in America for almost 20 years (a few years less than Jeremy Lin has been ALIVE), and he's iconic worldwide. Is it because he already made a name for himself before he moved over here? Maybe because his Hong Kong movies were way better? Probably not.

    This is most likely just a lot of meaningless media hype. I understand you're in the news business, but come on, MAKING UP NEWS is messed up!!! These people don't NEED A FIGUREHEAD!!! This demographic is too broad to have Jeremy Lin as any manner of emblem.

    February 22, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
  11. EnjaySea

    You're right Hikerstud, Christians have never murdered anyone. Well, except during the Reformation, the Inquisition, and the Crusades. But those people deserved it because they didn't believe in the lord jesus, who washes away our sins, and everyone who disagrees with us.

    February 22, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Confused

      Pretty sure all Hikerstud said was that it was interesting that Lin didn't follow the cultural/religious norm......nothing to freak out about, it IS interesting

      February 23, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • GrandScheme

      We allso know Non-Christians or even non-religious people have never murdered anyone either. Of course Stalin, Hitler and Mao killed more than ALL of the people killed in JaySea's references to the reformation and crusades! Probably killed more people than religous people for all of human kind. Hitler = 7 million, Stalin = 25 million, Mao = 60 million. These are just people they killed in pograms, not in the wars they started.

      February 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • EnjaySea

      Right, I posted that to the main thread by accident. I was actually trying to respond to a comment Hikerstud had made earlier where he made the all-too-common argument that since Stalin and Pol Pot were atheists, that somehow proves how evil atheism is.

      But I posted it without first hitting the "Reply" button, which put it into the main thread. So I don't blame you for being "Confused".

      February 23, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • EnjaySea

      See how common the argument is? Even during the time it took me to post my correction above, someone else slipped in and made the same tired argument that it's okay for Christians to murder people, because non-Christians murder people too.

      The dictators commonly listed in this argument killed because they were monsters, not because they didn't believe in god.
      The Christians murders were done in the name of Christianity.

      February 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • More Confusion

      Valid point of course, but it's kind of nixed by your later statement: "in the name of Christianity." Most Christians know that events like the Reformation, the Inquisition, the Crusades, were perhaps done in the name of Christ but in reality were motivated mostly by greed. This doesn't reflect the general Christian moral vein, but the designs of political, plotting men. A more accurate example of the point you're trying to make would be something like the Salem Witch Trials where innocent people were killed by way of the "mob affect." Still, it doesn't personify an entire group. To go back to the Hitler reference, it'd be like calling every German a Nazi

      February 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • EnjaySea

      I agree with your point @MoreConfusion.

      My argument is simply this: if you can dismiss atheism because some atheists were murderers, then you would also have to dismiss Christianity because some Christians were murderers.

      For that reason, citing the Stalins and Hitlers of history isn't a valid argument against atheism.

      February 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Bill

      In the 13th 14th and 15th centries the Catholic Church aka the Pope announced that the more money your give to your church the more likely you will get into heaven.... During this same time ONLY Catholic Priests were allowed to not only read but open a bible because "someone who is not taught to read the book of god might do harm with it".... sounds like a scam to me. Also one of the ten commandments says "thou shall not kill" but turn the page and if you commit murder you are sentenced to dealth, if you commit adultry you will be sentenced to death, ect.... so which one is it

      February 24, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • Just Say'in

      @ GrandScheme
      Hitler was catholic.. and later became involved in the acult.

      February 24, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • Disciple

      Sure is a lot of mis-information here.

      God commanded "Thou shalt not kill." But, he didn't mean for you to allow others to kill you and not fight for your life! In fact, in the old testament you will find that God let the Israelites into battle to DESTROY the sinners who were disobeying his laws and committing fornication, worshipping false gods, and committing other sins. So, there are reasons to kill. In fact, justice is maintained by punishing the guilty. Unfortunately, innocents die is war. But, innocents also die outside of war, such as in abortion, in crime,in accidents and in birth control (which is early abortion). What is your part in the death of innocents? What is your part in causing others to be angry enough to kill? When you stand before His throne, you will be asked about it. Think time.

      February 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • More Confusion

      @EnjaySea, true , except I'm not trying to dismiss atheism. Anyone has the right to be an atheist if they so choose. I may not agree with it, but again, its not my choice

      March 1, 2012 at 11:18 am |
  12. Sobeit

    Good for Jeremy Lin. This is not really a conservative or liberal issue, since whites of all political affiliations have a long history of vicious anti-Asian racism (just read some of the hate-filled comments on this thread!). Christianity provides people like him a sense of belonging and purpose.

    February 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • veggiedude

      I think it is a sad state of affairs for a person of chinese heritage to take up a middle eastern religion.

      February 25, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
  13. Hikerstud

    This article is interesting because Lin is an athletic phenom. An asian american in the NBA is not too common. Finally getting a chance and saving the day. And asians have typically been pagan or follow Buddha who was not divine so to find out he credits much of his success to his faith is interesting.

    February 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  14. NorCalMojo

    This is local news.

    February 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  15. whynot

    Cute story, but he's a basketball player, not a Harvard scientist. He can teach us about basketball and how religion helped his fears about acceptance.

    February 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Zoe

      I agree. This article is very relevant and positive.

      February 22, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
  16. truefaith

    So funny, we teach our children to stand up for what they believe in but bash something we don't agree with. If you don't believe in Jesus than don't, it's a free world. But tonight when you go home to your kids tell them don't stand up for anything because people might make fun of you or not agree. I don't beleive in unicorns so if I see an article about unicorns I choose not to read it. so simple...

    February 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  17. Reality

    Dear J. Lin,

    A prayer just for you:

    The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians of 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
    Jerusalem.

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, 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.

    Amen
    (references used are available upon request)
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    ===================================================================================-–

    February 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • Leo

      Since you spend so much time attacking what others beleive, why not tell us what you think. Did we just evelove by random chance??

      February 22, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
    • alejal

      It is perplexing to me that my responses to this particular posting by Reality have been removed by CNN. My previous responses were relevant and respectful. I will reiterate that it is disturbing to see that an article about Jermy Lin's faith and about the very natural way in which he keeps a presence of God in his daily life, could prompt this kind of virulently offensive "Creed" that Reality has posted. His attempt to mock the Catholic/Christian faith are being protected and reinforced by the moderators of this blog when relevant and insightful responses are removed. I would appreciate an e-mail explaining why my previous responses were removed.

      February 23, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • Nancy

      Not a prayer

      February 23, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • PJJJ

      There were over 300 prophecies written about Jesus before He chose to come to earth as a man. He fulfilled every one of the prophecies. That is a mathematical impossibility, yet it is a historical fact!
      Find out the facts concerning the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. All about the highly trained Roman Soldiers who guarded the tomb so no one could rob the tomb of Jesus's body. Yet, it is a historical fact he was seen by hundreds of people after He was resurrected.
      Quit being prejudice and do some serious studying!

      February 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • Sam

      @PJJJ
      Jesus did not fufill all the prophecies. If you read the Bible you would know that.

      March 7, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
  18. sue

    I'm truly sorry for all of you who bash christianity. Ever asked God from your heart if He is real and to reveal Himself to you? What IF He is... and at the end of life, you find He was true and nothing like the finite box you put Him in. Let me tell ya, He's amazing and worth knowing.

    February 22, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • EnjaySea

      What if you die and find out that Zeus was true, and you failed to worship him for your entire life? What about the other thousands of gods that might have been the real deal? What if you're wrong?

      Why don't I ask him to reveal himself? I spent 20 years of my life asking "him" to reveal himself, and nothing ever happened. So, in my opinion, he doesn't exist. Prove me wrong, and I'll take another look.

      February 22, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Kyser

      What if? is the key part of your sentence, faith isn't an absolute. Just because you trust in something doesn't give you evidence to prove or disapprove, otherwise it would be fact versus faith. The best example of this is the modern day cult or what some people call insane, if someone proclaims they are the second coming of Christ, most people will swear up and down that person is insane, yet look back at the time when Jesus himself proclaimed to be the son of God, same story.

      February 23, 2012 at 11:45 am |
  19. Redemption23

    @ Doc V
    Your position is nothing more than the regurgitated "herd mentality" argument. So, you believe that morality is subjective not and objective, merely utilized for the greater "good" of mankind? My question to you sir is why does surviving matter at all and to what end? Social adaption doesn't answer the questions of "Why am I here" or "What is my purpose"? I agree with you when you say that these biologist have no problem with religion, because even they realize that "science" cannot answer these questions by itself. Even atheist have to answer origin, meaning, morality and destiny. Again, how can you or biology account for any of these?

    February 22, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Redemption

      Destiny is contrived. To believe that everyone has a destiny given to us from "god" requires you to first believe in god, it is not a universal acknowledgment.
      Morality is an evolutionary imperative. Being social creatures and naturally living in groups, developing a sense of morality allows for acceptance into the community that you live in, and the creation of deeper social bonds with individuals, which in turn allows us more protection and resources to draw upon. To do things that are immoral within the community ostracizes the individual, and makes it less likely they will survive.
      The questions "Why am I here", and "What is my purpose" are philosophical questions, and really have no beaing in science. Some people look for an answer, and others do not believe in a higher purpose. Why should each individual life have a specific meaning? Some think that to speculate on a purpose for each human being is a way to elevate humans beyond what they are, an attempt to "transcend" our animalistic origins.

      February 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  20. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you fat.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Prayer fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    February 22, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • Hikerstud

      Prayer makes you over achieve in the NBA and NFL. Think Tebow, Lin, Curt Warner, Reggie White, etc etc.

      February 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer had fuck-all to do with that, stupid. Go back to your masturbation.

      February 22, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
    • GT

      Prayer makes you less hateful and angry. You should try it. You need it.

      February 23, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
    • Asherah Kuanyin Ganesha Adonai Zeus

      Prayer is like dihydrogen monoxide, huh? 🙂

      February 24, 2012 at 3:40 am |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.