How many scientists are Christians? (Does it matter?)

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Statistics of religiousness are a hot topic.

A friend recently initiated a discussion regarding science, religion and the ‘war’ between them. One of the basic elements of the discussion was the number of scientists who are Christians and of course the actual number of christians in the world to-day. The discussion heated up, with many people invoking researches and polls where the number of scientists who are religious or atheists was documented, explained or projected, while taking into accounts multiple criteria and factors.

Yes, the number of religious scientists may be falling.

On the other hand, there could be polls claiming otherwise.

But at the end, does it matter at all?

Should Christianity care about diminishing or increasing numbers of christians?

If we take a good look we will understand that we are looking at the whole topic from the wrong angle. The problem of Christianity to-day is not that it has a dropping number of faithful going to the church. Or an increasing number of people going to the church. The problem is that Christianity (and christians) care about the number of people going to the church…

Nietzsche once said that the first and last Christian died at the cross. Whether this is true or not I do not know, however I do know that I would surely prefer to have Christianity with only one Christian who is a good and humble person, than having billions of followers who argue and debate about whether the numbers of Christians are rising or falling…

And since the discussion is abour religion and science, the same applies to science as well. I would also prefer science with only one proper scientist, open to all possibilities, self-criticizing eveything and with a free spirit, rather than millions of self-proclaimed scientists who are just parroting the same things over and over again because someone else has said them.

In every case, remember: Less is more…

Be aware and be worried when your followers increase too much.

You are doing things suspiciously right…

PS. All the above also apply for atheism and agnosticism as well.

Who is a Christian? (Tip: Perhaps not the Christians)

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An interesting question that arose from a discussion with friends about the crime of a mother who recently threw her baby in the trash. Someone commented that this is a consequence of the nihilism of modern atheism, for which man is nothing but a mixture of flesh and blood. So what’s wrong with throwing a baby into the trash?

Someone objected: But the one who did this might be a Christian.

So the interesting question is: Is it? Who is a Christian after all?

Why are you a Christian? Because it is written on your identity card? But it is not anymore! Because you do what you do according to what Christ says? But not even the Apostles did well in following His teachings. Is someone killing a child simply a Christian simply because he or she identifies himself/ herself like that? Is an atheist a Christian if he follows with his heart all the teachings of Christ even if he consciously identifies himself as a non-Christian?

I think this is one of the occasions that the question is more important than the answer. And to be more precise, our difficulty to answer,  simply mean that the question itself is wrong…

Ideological inconsistencies: Why would an atheist want to have children? (and other examples)

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Why would an atheist want to have children?

No, it is not ironic or provocative. (okay, maybe a bit)

It is mostly an honest question.

Why would someone who thinks that we are just ordinary lifeless matter in a cosmos without meaning want to have children?

If we are nothing more than random sets of matter which happen to exist for no reason at all, then what is the reason that we would like more of these lifeless sets of matter exist in the first place?

The answer to that simple question is anything but trivial. It touches the heart of the problem of atheist thinking: Consistency.

If you believe that you are nothing, then you cannot possibly believe in anything. If you believe that you are a lifeless set of matter, you cannot possibly argue in favor of having Logos as part of your existence.

If you believe you are already dead, there is no reason to believe in life.

That is the great issue with men today: Inconsistency.

And don’t get me wrong. This is a great problem with atheists and Christians alike! (and also Muslims of course) Living by what you believe is very hard to do so. It always had been.

An atheist believing that he has to have children is nothing more and nothing less than a Christian swearing or a Muslim missing the prayers because he does not believe in them: A paradox of today’s complex era.

We might think that such paradoxes break the world.

But yet again, we would be wrong once more.

It is these paradoxes which make the world what it is!

Don’t you feel it?

There is something deeply irrational lingering in the cosmos…

You know its name. But are just too afraid to speak it out loud.

Logos…

Do you remember me?

Atheists: Fear of God. Human arrogance…

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At The big problem of atheists: “Christianity is Bad!” they shout. “Christianity threatens us with Hell!” they scream. “Christianity threatens us with punishment!” they complain.

Little kids being afraid of their father’s punishment. Little kids crying when daddy punishes them for wanting to do whatever they want without control and consequences! “The Old Testament is dark!” they shout in horror.

They believe in science but do not understand that its most important foundation is the same as that of the Old Testament: Causality. Every action has a reaction. Every action has a consequence. You do not want to be punished? Do not do something worth punishment!

There is no world where you can do whatever you want.

Except for the dark world that the atheists dream of.

A world where everyone is free. A world where everyone has the right to kill babies because they want to go on vacation with their friends in the summer. A world where children’s souls are destroyed because “we have the right to cut off their genitals and determine what sex they are.”

A progressive world. That will reach extreme heights.

Up to the stars.

And from there, it will see the void of its existence…

My (bad) experience debating atheists…

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Based on a true story.

RELATED ARTICLE: How to debate atheists

Once upon a time a Christian (me) went for coffee with six other people.

Initially the discussion was centered around issues of everyday life. We discussed politics, the latest news of our community, economy, even gossip about known people. And time passed over like water.

At some point, the discussion went to more “serious” subjects, namely philosophy and religion.

And then it all begun…

Four of the participants found the perfect opportunity to start expressing their anti-religion ideas. Which is perfectly cool by the way. I was about to be engaged in an interesting discussion when…

All of those people understood that they agree (between them). So they almost instantly orchestrated to produce a cacophony of anti-religious rant against any idea of God. And with this they created an impenetrable wall which was impossible to break. Every time I attempted to get into the discussion with an argument which destroyed a fallacy in which they believed they just… ignored me.

No matter how well-placed my counter-argument was, they simply stared at me, looked to each other, told me that I was wrong (without explaining why of course, as if it was obvious to all but to the ignorant me) and then kept on their ranting. As most people today, they were there to talk and not to listen. And the moment they realized they had audience who was on their side, they kept on trying to please that audience.

The end was not a happy end.

Because no matter what, they never did sit to listen to the different opinion. The coffee ended and they went back home, happy that they explained once more their (correct) view, without paying attention that at the same time they ignored a different opinion which could be (or not, this is not the point of this post) equally or better founded than theirs.

In a world full of people with opinions, no one listens.

In a world full of educated people, no one wishes to learn.

In a world full of noise, nobody ever sits to hear the silence.

So the next time you start a speech about what you believe, spend a second to pay attention to someone who sits silent at the corner. He may have much to say…