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Not dead yet

"Not dead yet" Continued...

Issue: "Back to School," Aug. 27, 2011

In terms of government: Democracy has significantly increased over the last 50 years. The percentage of people experiencing democracy is larger than ever and still growing.

I punt on global warming. The world's getting warmer, but we do not definitively know why. However, you can't just blame rich countries. Higher national wealth leads to greater care for the environment. The solution might be to make the mid-range countries richer, so that they can afford the solutions richer countries are now implementing.

Is premillennial theology, which has been popular among evangelicals, a part of the cause for these myths? That's actually the starting point for Upside. Many Christians have an expectation that things will get really bad, really fast, so they tend to look for the bad things and ignore the good.

Listen to a discussion on how "Bad News" about the health of the church isn't so on The World and Everything in It.

Data games

Wright, in Christians are Hate-Filled Hypocrites, criticizes Christian leaders who make statements like "evangelical youth are only about 10 percent less likely to engage in premarital sex than non-evangelicals." But he has a general point to make about the waving around of statistics generally: "You might think that only the most accurate and important statistics see the light of day, so we can trust what we hear. Ah, wouldn't that be nice. In fact, if you believe this, I should probably tell you that politicians don't always keep their promises, television advertisements exaggerate their products, and investment opportunities in spam emails are rip-offs."

Warren Cole Smith
Warren Cole Smith

Warren, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., is vice president of WORLD News Group and the host of the radio program Listening In. Follow Warren on Twitter @WarrenColeSmith.

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