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By Arndt von Hippel

Regardless of a hundred and fifty years of religion-based attacks upon the sciences that maintain our technological civilization, the explanatory and predictive powers of recent Evolution concept became key to cutting edge advances in agriculture, biology, chemistry, desktop technology, ecology, geology, infectious ailments, paleontology, psychology, and lots of different fields. So the query evidently arises- may possibly Evolution conception open the best way for a rational research of creationist claims to absolute fact, typical legislation and divine assistance? unusually sufficient, the answer's "Yes!"

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And we ought not forget the sterling social work of individuals such as Mother Theresa - though even her best deeds were inevitably tarnished by Christian righteousness and a presumption of moral superiority. Still nobody can deny that Christian belief has stimulated marvelous art, or that certain monasteries produce superb wines, liqueurs or cheeses. And surely an occasional wealthy Christian has tried to help the poor for their own sake. Nonetheless, it has long been understood that wealth - however acquired - was more likely to retain God’s blessing if shared with the Church.

Christian and Islamic doctrines are ultimately founded upon the same Hebrew Bible tales. Yet their reliance upon the Hebrew Holy Book seems unjustified, given God’s obvious failure to reward devout Hebrews with any outstanding military victories for several thousand years. After all, one cannot logically credit more recent spectacular military successes by secular Israeli soldiers against devout Christian and Muslim Arabs to either the Hebrew Holy Book or to favoritism by its divine author. The Birth of Christianity Christianity originated during a period of intense social upheaval.

But perhaps such concerns were beside the point. For the priests redesigning Christian doctrine faced a formidable problem. They had to come up with an additional emotional draw, and do it soon. They needed a new supra-tribal rationale that could attract more recruits to their struggling, unintentionally non-profit, organization. Yet everyone who might even consider becoming a Christian faced the same dilemma. Why join a monotheistic faith that the Israelites themselves were ignoring when this new faith derived most of its legitimacy from the Hebrew Bible - and especially when that Bible clearly identified the Israelites as God’s Only Chosen People?

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