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Old 22nd March 2019, 11:29 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Craig B View Post
Do Christians reconcile with science only by rejecting the literal truth of OT legends. What about NT legends like the Virgin Birth, raising of people from death, and suchlike? Can they be reconciled with science?

No, they can't. The majority of the Danish Christians that I know, some of them members of Dansk Skeptica, wouldn't dream of trying to reconcile NT legends with science. They don't believe in the the immaculate conception, raising people from death or even changing water into wine. Remember that we have clergymen who don't even believe in God (Wikipedia):

he received a lot of media attention in Denmark for publicly stating disbelief in an interventionist creator God.
In the spring of 2003, Thorkild Grosbøll published the book En Sten i Skoen (A Stone in the Shoe), resulting in very limited reactions, though he wrote in it that [hilite]he does not believe in God[/HIILITE]. On May 23, 2003, the Danish newspaper Weekendavisen published an interview with Grosbøll, in which he repeated statements from his book, in particular that he does not believe in a creating or upholding God.
On July 23, 2003, Thorkild Grosbøll was allowed to continue his service as a parish priest in Taarbæk, subject to special supervision by the bishop.
On June 3, 2004, Grosbøll was instructed to resign no later than June 4, or he would be suspended. On June 7, 2004, the chairman of the elected parish council in Taarbæk, Lars Heilesen, informed the parish about the situation in the church in Taarbæk. On June 10, 2004, Rebel again relieved Thorkild Grosbøll of his duties.
During all these events, the parish community in Taarbæk stood by Thorkild Grosbøll. There was an animated public debate, occasionally fuelled by statements from Grosbøll like: "God belongs in the past. He is actually so old fashioned that I am baffled by modern people believing in his existence. I am thoroughly fed up with empty words about miracles and eternal life." At the same time he maintained that the bishop and the press misunderstood him, taking quotes from his sermons out of context.
On May 20, 2006 Grosbøll confirmed his priestly vows before Lindhardt in the presence of witnesses and by his signature, and was allowed to serve again as parish priest, but was instructed not to talk to the press.
(And, yes, we even have a bishop called Rebel!!! )
Nowadays Grosbøll's retired, but according to this article by a more fundamentalist Danish Christian, Grosbøll is still teaching the atheist 'gospel'.
In my translation:
TG calls himself a Christian atheist. (...) He's upset by the Danish Church because it is "committing idolatry with the creed".
Grosbøll claims that about half of all Danish vicars (...) don't believe in God.
TG also claims that a quarter of all vicars "TG hævder også, at en fjerdedel af præsterne er "completely obscured in the head and take everything literally." He obviously has not respect for those.
Grosbøll is not the biggest problem (Indre Mission, Feb. 22, 2019)

This is why I always stress that in Denmark even the Church of Denmark (Wikipedia) has become secularized. [/i]"As of 1 January 2019, 74.7% of the population of Denmark are members,"[/i] but only a minority believe in God and a very small minority takes anything in the Christian Bible literally. They are cultural Christians who may think that you should always ask yourself what Jesus would do - except for the making-up-fairy-tales-about-miracles part!

(And our Christian skeptics are usually the first to criticize people who believe in weeping Madonna statuettes or creationism! And they love for instance Zola's adage about Lourdes and the wooden legs! )

I can recommend Phil Zuckerman's book Society without God. He spent some time in Denmark and Sweden researching the phenomenon.

ETA: Ever heard of this guy, the Pentecostal American Bob Bakker?
"Stupidity renders itself invisible by assuming very large proportions. Completely unreasonable claims are irrefutable. Ni-en-leh pointed out that a philosopher might get into trouble by claiming that two times two makes five, but he does not risk much by claiming that two times two makes shoe polish." B. Brecht
"The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is required for their real happiness. The demand to give up the illusion about its condition is the demand to give up a condition which needs illusions." K. Marx

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