Sunday, October 7, 2012

Population: 3

"Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun said in videotaped remarks on Sept. 27, 2012 that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are ‘lies straight from the pit of hell’ meant to convince people that they do not need a savior."Congressman calls evolution lie from ‘pit of hell’
And Cain had relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city Enoch, after the name of his son.
Genesis 4:17

Welcome to Enoch. Population: 3. Seems a bit... small for a city, doesn't it?

While Representative Broun's remarks will get plenty of airplay (which will in turn generate the predictable umbrage from Christians who feel that media is out to make fools of them again), what I find most interesting is the ongoing debate about what science means. For Representative Broun, if the parts of science that contradict a literal interpretation of the Genesis account are correct, then there is no need for salvation. One wonders why. After all, plenty of Christians are perfectly okay with the idea that Big Bang is the origin of the Universe that we see today. One wonders if Representative Broun was merely attacking science, or if he was also, for the benefit of his audience, attacking those people who don't believe as they do - namely that the Bible is an accurate (although necessarily incomplete) historical account of the events that it purports to chronicle.

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