Saturday, September 13, 2014

Prof Steve Jones on the impending rise of Christianity and the NT as a great political document

The world could see a resurgence of Christianity driven by population decline in sceptical countries, the UK geneticist Steve Jones has claimed. Professor Jones said history had proven that religion grows rapidly during large population booms, particularly in poorer countries. He argued that rapid growth in Africa could spark a new resurgence of major religions like Christianity.

“However in increasingly atheist countries in Europe people are no longer reproducing in sufficient numbers to avoid population decline,” he told the Hay Literary Festival. “Britain is the only country in Europe that’s replacing its population,” said Prof Jones. “We atheists sometimes congratulate ourselves that the incidence of religious belief is going down. But religious people have more children… It’s clearly the case that the future will involve an increase in religious populations and a decrease in scepticism.

Prof Jones also admitted that “when you removed the supernatural elements and miracles,” the New Testament was one of the greatest political documents ever written. “It’s very easy to be sarcastic about religion,” he said, “But many think that the New Testament is the finest political document ever written and you would be pushed to argue with that. Our entire society is based
on tenets of the New Testament.”

Source: The Telegraph; Revival Media -
Christians Rise as Sceptics Die out | 325 | Report 13

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