To Hell in a Handbasket

You’ve got a bad case of the Ad Populums, son.

In this post by Ken Ham, taken from Answers in Genesis, he cites a study by the American Bible Society which suggests “8 in 10 Americans see declining morality”.

Ken would rightly call me out if I ever said “8 in 10 people believe in the Big Bang”. There’s no reason these people can’t be wrong.

“even as more Americans this year see morality taking a plunge, a majority believe the Bible is the source of eternal hope for all and offers a way out of the mess society is in.”

Here’s the thing: If 5 out of 10 people enjoyed, say, football, and I took a random sampling of the population…what proportion of that group, statistically, will enjoy football? America is a ‘primarily Christian nation’, with estimates of the religious being pretty high, around 70%. The fact that a majority of these participants think the Bible can save us is proof of only one thing – that you got a reasonably fair sampling of the population.

This is not proof of the veracity of yours (or ABS, or whoevers) claim.

Check out these graphs. Despite appearances, things really are on the up-and-up.

What’s a moral with you?

I, as a dirty, unsaved heathen, live by 1 rule: Avoid unnecessary suffering, and if possible, leave the world better than you found it. No God Required.

“An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that deed must be done instead of prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated.” – Madalyn Murray O’Hair

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