Actually it was designed in 1958 by Gerald Holtom (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Holtom) and it's based on the semaphore for N(uclear) D(isarmament). Its meaning got broadened to "Peace" during the Vietnam war.
Actually the peace symbol is actually N.D. (Nuclear Disarmament) in semaphore.
There is a very popular evangelist on Christian radio who promotes the notion that the earth only appears to be old because God wanted it like that. He used the example of Jesus turning water (the "new" into wine (aged, or the "old")- i think it has something to do with fooling us non-believers, while the really smart people, like your typical Christian, can see through this deception and thus strengthen their belief.Just like Hitchens used to say, if you believe in the Jesus story, you will believe anything.
"There is a very popular evangelist on Christian radio who promotes the notion that the earth only appears to be old because God wanted it like that."
That line of apologetics has always baffled me. Why would anybody want to believe in a god that they knew was lying to them?
I once (for fun) tried cataloguing the different forms of Creationism. I counted 7. That was #6 on my list - it has a name Omphalism - named for a book published in 1857, I think (prior to Origin of the Species, note) called "Omphalos" - attempting to reconcile the developing understandign of geological time-scales with the bible. Omphalos is greek for "navel" - and contains within it the argument proposing for the first time, that Adam the first man had a navel becuase God created him that way, because obviously there was no-one around to clip his umbilical cord, which he never had on account of never gestating as a fetus inside a womb. From this one can then extrapolate: the rings in trees for instance are there not becuase trees are x many seasons old, but simply an aesthetic detail god chose to include, stratified layering, geologic columns and a few unconformities here and there and voila - it's all a cunning facade, is the argument. By the time you work all the way-up the isochronic radiometric dating and standard candles - the omphalatic creationist will keep right along pace with you.
In fact an omphalatic creationist could be a working, functioning scientist daily taking measurements of the age of the earth using the scientific method properly and finding the results in the upper 4-and a bit billion for the earth and so on - they would be distinguished only in believing that all such findings are, in fact false, and are only what 'god wants them to see' - but they know the truth as revealed in scripture.
In this they are to be distinguished from the Young Earth Creationist (#7) - which is where the train of rational thinking skips the tracks completely - they believe that all scientific principles that affirm things counter the bible are wrong axiomatically and, by extension, that all the science supporting these theories is wrong: a bubble of un-reality that eventually expands to include most forms and expressions of physics, chemistry and biology and all disciplines and discoveries therein. In their place the young-earther will switch in alternative, biblically-acceptable and bastardised 'versions' of scientific theories (see Flood Geology and T-Rex's eating coconuts.)
The Omphalatic Creationist and the Young Earth Creationist - agree on only a single point: that the Earth did not exist 10,000 years ago.
a number of years ago, my husband had been deported to Canada from the US, and I had a relative tell me he was praying for my husband never to be returned to me, because he felt my husband was the one responsible for my turning atheist. When I heard this, I couldn't breathe for a while.
he has since changed his mind, due to he sees how caring my husband is. (And that it was my own fault for becoming atheist)
"God has healed amputees." "God can cure transgenders".
"I have this disease cause it enabled me to better understand my son."
I attended a youth group session with my girlfriend, we both just sat and twiddled our thumbs while we waited for the sermon and songs to end so we could get to the stuff we could actually take part in. During this time two girls of about 11-12 im guessing came up to us. they were both humming loudly to the song while waving their hands smoothly above their heads, they were also crying. anyway they just stood there, waving their hands above our hands. i asked them to stop, they didn't respond. I called out to who i thought was their mother (i was right) and asked her to deal with them. She responded by praising "her little angels for bringing the gift of Jesus to the sinners" (Side note: a few days after, i was dumped, i asked why and she said it was because of this incident, she refused to elaborate, so i dunno, but thanks Christianity you cost me a relationship.)
I worked with a woman who said she would kill her daughter if god told her too. I told her she was full of excrement and the only reason she said this is because she knows god doesn't exist and to get attention. Needless to say we never became friends.