|(never going to convince me) |
|I try [to not be dismissive of ideas I don't fully understand] too, just not on this subject.|
This is my point. You are actively speaking out in opposition of evolutionary and big bang theory without understanding the actual theories you're speaking out against. Before even hearing what they're actually trying to say, you've already made up your mind that they're wrong. And you refuse to even entertain the possibility that they might have some truth to them.
You even go so far as to say you'll never be convinced... implying that you've made your mind up forever and it will never change.
This is the definition
of willful ignorance. You are actively fighting back against educating yourself because the subject matter contradicts your personal beliefs. Christianity has programmed your brain to think this way by providing an easy answer that you are unable to question... that you have just accepted.
This is what I was referring to in my previous reply.
|We definitely do not force you to believe it.|
Whether or not Christianity imposes its views on non-Christians is another topic. It's very clear that does in the US (or at least, it's clear to anyone who isn't Christian), but I won't get into the many examples of how. At least not right now.
My point was that "damnation and/or death to those who do not believe" is a common scare tactic employed by many western religions (including Christianity). I can pull dozens of examples out of Christian dogma where this is explicitly stated, but I'll spare you as I'm sure you've already read them.
|We don't encourage ignorance. We do not have fear of the unknown. We want to learn more about things like that, based on what is in the Bible.|
Using only one (clearly biased) source for information is encouraging ignorance. If you really were not encouraging ignorance you would encourage people to educate themselves in any and all schools of thought.. including not only scientific study, but also also dogma from other religions.
Now please do not misunderstand.... I'm not saying that all Christians
do this. You're right... there are many example of prominent Christian scientists who have made great strides in scientific discovery. I'm saying that the Christian believe structure
Even in the examples of Christian scientists throughout history... their faith ultimately became a wall blocking further discovery for them. A prime example of this is Sir Isaac Newton. But Neil Degrasse Tyson goes over many more of those examples and shows just how detrimental they are in this video here:
I strongly encourage you to watch, it is very fascinating.
Unfortunately at this point I have to stop replying because I have to get ready for work. I will come back to the thread later.
EDIT: Though I do have to reply to this because it sums up my point perfectly.
|No, we don't study about how the universe was created, because we already know|
. You have an answer that satisfies you, so you stop looking. And you stop entertaining other theories and schools of thought because you've already decided that they're wrong.
is perpetuation of ignorance. THAT
is the difference between Christianity and science. Science doesn't do that.
Also... many Christians do
study how the universe was created outside of Bible teachings. Watch that Neil Degrasse Tyson video.