It seems that Atheist Michael has responded to my response to him. His response is available here. It is clear that I am dealing with an educated, intelligent individual, and I respect his knowledge. However, he truly does not know Christ.
First, religion does NOT poison everything. What about religious charities that help feed starving people? What about food pantries and house-building projects? What about missionaries that give their lives to help others?
Second, no, animals do not have souls. God only created human souls, as evidenced in Genesis.
America’s earliest history was built on the model left by the Puritans. America was built by settlers seeking religious freedom, but these settlers were, by and large, Christian. Christian values were built into the Constitution and the Declaration. Just because America is not explicitly Christian in a written, decreed sense does not make it not a Christian nation. It’s not built on Islam. It’s built on Christianity.
You attack Answers in Genesis, yet they DO have their own peer-reviewed journal. So at that point, yeah, they do peer review. So what’s not to like about their science? They have great scientists such as Michael Oard and John Baumgardner, among others. Baumgardner has numerous peer reviewed papers.
Yes, religion was used as a tool. But religion is not the sole cause of evil. We would not have an atomic bomb to drop on Hiroshima or Nagasaki without science. We would not have had Hitler’s racial hierarchies without Darwin. To say that religion itself is responsible for all these things is utterly ridiculous, just as it is ridiculous to blame science for it all. You seem like an intelligent man, and I respect that. However, I ask you to not miss the forest for the trees here.
And AtheistMichael, I do not hate you. I love you, even though I attack your posts and arguments. I only want to see you achieve the same entry into Paradise which I seek for myself.
Yours in Christ,