What do Cambrian Explosion, Gutenberg Bible, and the Internet have in common?
What do the Japanese tea ceremony, Debutante cotillions, Ponzi schemes, and Christian Churches have in common?
"THE DOGS THAT DIDN’T BARK" (oppose those that did bark; they comply with seminary): Martin Marty, Marcus Borg, John Shelby Spong, and several dozen more.
“We are on the verge – within 10 years – of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity. This breakdown will follow the deterioration of the mainline Protestant world and it will fundamentally alter the religious and cultural environment in the West.”
~ Michael Spencer, Christian Science Monitor, March 10, 2009, “The Coming Evangelical Collapse.”
“If current trends continue, only four percent of teenagers will be Bible-believing Christians as adults.”
~ Laurie Goldstein, “Evangelicals fear loss of teenagers.” The New York Times, Oct 6, 2006.
"Athest strive to form social organizations to live better lives." ~ Daniel Dennett
"I’M AN ATHEIST BUT …" 'With friends like these, we don’t need enemies' ~ Daniel Dennett
Robert Wright, “Evolution of God”
Bill Moyers’ Journal, July 17, 2009,
“Robert Wright believes that 'God,' the human concept, can evolve — indeed that it already has. And though Wright personally believes this concept is an illusion, he thinks that the illusion might just be evolving in a way that reveals some underlying truth, that comes ever-closer to describing the divine. He unfolds his argument while charting thousands of years of the history of belief, from the stone age to the modern era.“
Nicholas Wade, “The Faith Instinct”
“It is clear that Wade approaches the topic as a nonbeliever in the tenets of specific religions, but admiring of the outcomes and actions of many believers. Like David Sloan Wilson he seems to look to a future when a religion arises which is rid of its primitive legacies of Bronze Age sky gods. E. O. Wilson has also expressed a hope for this sort of evolution. Call it religion without the superstitious silliness.“
~ Razib Khan. Review: The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved & Why It Endures”, Science Blogs, Posted on November 19, 2009.
Imagine No Religion 3: Daniel Dennett