Originally Posted by Craig B
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
(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:
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