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Will Christianity Die Out?

Posted Mar 2, '13 at 2:13pm

ihsahn

ihsahn

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There are some aspects of science that do confirm religious beliefs. For example, there was a a group of scientists (I can't remember the exact names or year but I know it was between 1997-205) who were using the carbon dating to analyse the age of the Earth. they found a strange anomaly, there was an entire day "missing" i.e. they did something special (way beyond my intelligence level) to discover that there was an elongated period of the exposed sunlight on the area they were in (somewhere in the North-Eastern hemisphere) several thousand years ago.. One of them was a Christian. He remembered reading a passage in the Bible where God made the sun stop in the sky (the world stop spinning) for an entire day. The scientist looked up the passage again (Joshua 10:13) and asked the other members of the team to compare the day in which the sun stopped with the Time of Joshua and the days matched perfectly.

This is such complete anecdotal BS. Stop spreading vague misinformation.

Is Christianity gonna die out? As we know it, probably. It will either give way to a religion that better fits the values of a future society OR evolve into a form that is utterly unrecognizable to us, to fit those same values.
It's no secret that religion is shaped by the ethics and needs of man, not the other way around, and those are constantly changing.

But that's not gonna happen for a long time.

An age of pure reason, utterly devoid of superstition and fallacy? Very unlikely. It is in the nature of man to want to believe in a higher power, to humanize the cold, unthinking processes of nature. The thought of living in a universe that doesn't care or have a "ultimate purpose" doesn't sit well with many people.

Some of us would rather delude ourselves into thinking science fits our beliefs or reinterpreting the same religious texts over and over so that they better fit our everchanging morality. Or do you really think they thought the whole "stoning gays" part of the Bible was haha silly disregard that back in the Middle Ages?

 

Posted Mar 2, '13 at 2:25pm

GhostOfMetal

GhostOfMetal

597 posts

"I'm right when I'm right and when I'm wrong I'm still right."

I'm rarely right about things. I'm just relaying what I have learned. as for linking my post to a source, it was not I who initially came across this information, it was another. That is why I can't remember much. I know it sounds fake, but the guy I was talking to swore by it. I was skeptical of its validity also but then found it in a search years ago.
I apologize if I sound misleading or empty minded. I am just adding what I think about the subject. This thread is mostly speculation, is it not?

 

Posted Mar 2, '13 at 2:30pm

GhostOfMetal

GhostOfMetal

597 posts

I have just located this which talks about the "extended day" I am referring to and how it matches with legends and stories of other beliefs with a break down in it. As expected however, it is also largely speculation.

 

Posted Mar 2, '13 at 3:13pm

HahiHa

HahiHa

4,964 posts

Knight

Even if the speculations about that special day should be correct, the only thing it shows is that people back then were witness of some kind of event and explained it with the "knowledge" they had at hand then. Nothing supernatural. As such, science can support certain events, but not the myths made around it. It does not support the religious beliefs of christianism or any other religion.

On topic, surely the internet helps keeping up the information, but again keep in mind that the information is dependent on the internet and the internet is dependent of our society.

 

Posted Mar 3, '13 at 1:15pm

partydevil

partydevil

5,091 posts

that extra day could be explained by the darkles nights above the pole circles. or something like that.

anyway if it is true then that doesn't make the religion true.
for example the Egypt plagues have also happened for real. and there is proof for that.
but science and religion sure are not going hand-in-hand. the whole base in way of thinking is different.

and there is waaaayyy more that contradicts religion then it agree's whit.
and if it agree's whit religion it's because of other reasons then the reasons religion gives. it will never be a scientific fact because the bible say's so. that's impossible.

 

Posted Mar 3, '13 at 3:47pm

MageGrayWolf

MageGrayWolf

9,667 posts

Knight

I have just located this which talks about the "extended day" I am referring to and how it matches with legends and stories of other beliefs with a break down in it. As expected however, it is also largely speculation.

No there isn't a missing day and creationist sites will flat out lie to you. Not to mention distort and cherry pick actual data.

As for the topic I would say yes Christianity could eventually die out completely. I would even go as far to say that it has already begun it's decent to die out in it's current structured organized form, leaving it to eventually become a more private matter. Maybe in the next 100-200 years. I could mostly see it becoming very fringe. Something along the lines of believing the Earth is flat.

I can see a different religion ending up being mainstream. Perhaps Buddhism or something similar to it. It might function primarily as a philosophy, creating an environment where the religious aspect can thrive.

 

Posted Mar 5, '13 at 4:37pm

pasanius

pasanius

4 posts

That is a very interesting topic, me being roman catholic would not want that to happen, I agree with MageGrayWolf, maybe in 100-200 years, but definitely not the near future

 

Posted Mar 5, '13 at 5:19pm

thugtastic

thugtastic

163 posts

I have serious problems with those who say that all of Christianity is just people worshiping the Sun or whatnot. I can't speak for anyone but Catholics but Catholocism has been on the forefront of many of histories greatest scientific advances and discoveries. Nicolaus Copernicus was a Catholic Canon. Please do your research before just putting out these arguments. In relation to the original question, of course not. Many religions have died off before many will die off in the future, but Catholocism is the only one to remain this constant in it's beliefs and it is attracting more every year. this Easter 250,000 people will be Baptized into to Catholic Church.

 

Posted Mar 5, '13 at 5:39pm

pangtongshu

pangtongshu

8,241 posts

but Catholocism is the only one to remain this constant in it's beliefs and it is attracting more every year

Decline of American Catholicism

Decline of UK Catholicism

Decline of Catholicism (presumably in U.S.)

Decline of Mexican Catholicism

Catholicism decline

 

Posted Mar 5, '13 at 7:13pm

thugtastic

thugtastic

163 posts

Interesting. After a quick glance at "Decline of UK Catholicism" I saw that there was a failure to teach the authentic Catholic Faith in Catholic Schools. I strongly agree. I used to attend one and I was sent to the pricipal's office a fair bit for complaining that the religious education program wasn't actually doing anything. In response I said the word "beliefs" not "Mass attendance". Most other religions have contradicted themselves (i.e. Mormonism). Catholicism hasn't.

 
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