I am fortunate to keep the company of some really thoughtful people here at USU—theists and atheists alike. And in keeping this high-caliber company, it’s easy to forget just how unthoughtful many people are. But I had a rude reminder of this fact last week, when I received the following e-mail forward from a relative:
Subject: FW: Nephilim bones found, (GIANTS) (UNCLASSIFIED)
Very interesting pictures! They don’t appear to be touched up but it is hard to tell. I can’t imagine people ever being that tall but who knows. The Bible talks about tribes of giants.
Do a quick Google search, though, and you’ll discover that these pictures are doctored.
I respect and love the person who sent me this e-mail. This relative is an educated person. So that he could send me this forward, in all serious, really startled me.
Worse, one of my Christian friends recently posted this video—claiming scientific proof for Christ’s divinity—to Facebook:
Ron Wyatt, the man featured in the video, has also claimed the following outlandish discoveries: remnants of Noah’s Ark, the tombs of Noah and his wife, the site of the Tower of Babel, and the location of the Israelite’s crossing of the Red Sea.
I anticipate that our theist readers will protest that I’m erecting a strawman against religion—that the above instances represent the worst of religion, not the best. But I do not mean to saddle all theists with the ridiculous forward and video. It’s just worth remembering that there are a lot of religious people out there who aren’t as thoughtful about their faith as some of our readers are theirs. And I fear that the thoughtful religious people are outnumbered (a point I lamented in yesterday’s post about the LDS Church and General Conference). Indeed, I fear thoughtful people are outnumbered period.