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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Reading the Bible Promotes Science

It's from a study done by baylor University so it HAS to be Science!

"What daily practice may help American Christians become more concerned about issues of poverty, conservation and civil liberties?

Reading the Bible.

The answer may come as a surprise to those locked into viewing religious practices in ideological boxes. However, a new study by Baylor University researcher Aaron Franzen found frequent Bible reading predicted greater support for issues ranging from the compatibility of science and religion to more humane treatment of criminals.

The study, one of the first to examine the social consequences of reading Scripture, reveals the effects of Bible reading appear to transcend conservative-liberal boundaries.

Thus, even as opposition to same-sex marriage and legalized abortion tends to increase with more time spent with the Bible, so does the number of people who say it is important to actively seek social and economic justice, Franzen found."

There goes the entire "Bible reading is for mindless lemmings" mischaracterization. Can we now expect atheists to pick up the Good Book in order to reinforce their fetish for science? I'm not holding my breath people.


Adam said...

The article says respondents were "less likely to view religion and science as incompatible". That's different than "promoting science".

GentleSkeptic said...

A lot of atheists grew up reading the Good Book.

JD Curtis said...

If people reading the Bible makes them think that science and religion are compatible, doesnt that foster a more positive and open attitude towards science?

GentleSkeptic said...

Well, it hasn't worked for you…

JD Curtis said...

British Christians, Atheists Least Likely to Attend University