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All about Adam

All about Adam | Global Politics - Other Stuff |

THAT old-time religion is strong in America. To take just one measure, for decades more than 40% of all Americans have consistently told Gallup pollsters that God created humans in pretty much their current form, less than 10,000 years ago. They are embracing an account of man’s origins promoted by Young Earth Creationists who lean on a painstakingly literal reading of the Scriptures, swatting aside the counter-claims of science (fossils are a relic of Noah’s flood, they argue, and evolution is a myth peddled by atheists). In a recent poll 58% of Republicans and 41% of Democrats backed creationism. The glue that underpins such faith is the principle of Biblical inerrancy—a certainty that the Scriptures are infallibly and unchangingly true.

earthdog58's insight:

One thing that bothers me about this whole debate is the human energy that is taken away from solving the real and evident problems that the world faces today.


The real world - the one outside the window - the one with people in it.


With so many people in the world facing hunger, or with no easy access to safe drinking water; with all the forms of physical, psychological, and political violence that surround us ... does it really make any difference what we believe about how life started?


Do an atheist and a theist arguing about evolution and creation make the world a better place?


Does scoring points in a debate help feed a child? Dig a well? Build a school?


And if they don't, what IS the point?


As a friend of mine used to say: "Don't tell me what you believe - tell me what you DO"

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UN Report - One-Third of World's Food Wasted Annually, At Great Economic, Environmental Cost

The waste of some 1.3 billion tons of food each year is causing economic losses of $750 billion and significant damage to the environment, according to a United Nations report launched today.


earthdog58's insight:

Where does one start with the multiple wrongesses of this?


Try and imagine 1.3 billion tons of food ... 1.3 BILLION TONS.




Every year.


One ton is about 11 average sized men - so that's equivalent to the weight of over 14 billion men. Twice the total population of the world.


This is a criminal obscenity!




And I don't even care that "wrongesses" isn't a word.

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