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To: Alacarte

"Education is inversely proportional to faith. "

It's unclear what the significance of this statement is. It may also be true that educated people are more likely than uneducated people to become dictators. They may be more likely to be communists too.

Moreover, if you want to debate people, don't use absurd stereotypes about religious people living in trailer parks. It is better to debate using real arguments.

Lastly, if you think that religion is for dummies, why don't you read "Orthodoxy" by G.K. Chesterton.


8 posted on 01/12/2005 12:36:08 PM PST by gregde
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To: gregde

"It's unclear what the significance of this statement is."

I was responding to the following statement from the original post: "...as more and more thinking intellectuals are discovering today [that there is a designer]."

" It may also be true that educated people are more likely than uneducated people to become dictators. They may be more likely to be communists too."

The original statement made no positive claim about dictators or communists... Your statement would be valid IF I had made the original statement, but I didn't. I don't see you objecting to the originators inference that 'intelligent' people accept ID...

"Moreover, if you want to debate people, don't use absurd stereotypes about religious people living in trailer parks."

Stereotype?

Like when 517 members of the [U.S.] National Academy of Sciences from the biological and physical sciences (the latter including mathematicians, physicists and astronomers) were polled on their religious beliefs, and less than 10% said they believed in a personal god.

The paper I refer to appeared in the 23 July 1998 issue of Nature by Edward J. Larson and Larry Witham: "Leading Scientists Still Reject God." Nature, 1998; 394, 313. The return rate for the poll was slightly over 50%, that's app. 1/8 of the total members of the NAS.

"Lastly, if you think that religion is for dummies, why don't you read "Orthodoxy" by G.K. Chesterton."

No thanks. If I were to choose a religion to assuage the weight of life's complexities, it would likely be buddhism. Any one other than a judeo-christian religion.


10 posted on 01/12/2005 7:00:41 PM PST by Alacarte (There is no knowledge that is not power)
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