After writing that post about the Moonies and wondering how on earth there could be millions of people who believed something so monumentally absurd, I came across this poll from ABC News:
“I’m going to ask about a few stories in the Bible. Do you think that’s literally true, meaning it happened that way word-for-word; or do you think it’s meant as a lesson, but not to be taken literally?”
Literally True Not Literally True No Opinion % % % “The story of Noah and the ark in which it rained for 40 days and nights, the entire world was flooded, and only Noah, his family and the animals on their ark survived.” 60 33 7 “The creation story in which the world was created in six days.” 61 30 8
It isn’t any less ridiculous to believe in a six day creation and a global flood than it is to believe that God wrote a letter to Rev. Moon calling him the Messiah, and a whole lot more people believe the first bit of silliness than believe the second.