Still more from Gallup: A recent poll on how many Americans believe in Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design. A mere 18% believe that evolution is “definitely true,” while 39% believe that the Bible’s creation account is “definitely true.” (Other responses were about shades of “probably true” or “probably false.”) From another angle, 14% believe that man developed with no guidance from God; 38% believe that man developed but with God’s guidance (apparently reflecting some version of theistic evolution); and 43%… Read more

about the Iowa caucus were pretty much upheld, though both Obama and Huckabee won bigger than I expected. So while I am on a roll, I will predict a little more: Giuliani’s campaign will go nowhere. He cannot just write off the heartland and the early primaries. He cannot win the Republican nomination by counting on his appeal in the blue states that never go Republican. Other thoughts about the caucus and the election as it stands now? Read more

In response to my post yesterday on our two books about the connections between fascism and today’s left, Jonah Goldberg, the author of “Liberal Fascism,” posted this comment: Dear Professor Veith – Well, I can tell you didn’t write *this* book. There are important differences between Liberal Fascism and Modern Fascism. That said, it would have been very, very, hard for me to write my book without yours. I found your book to be extremely helpful in helping me to… Read more

National Review editor Jonah Goldberg is coming out with a new book entitled Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning: Books: Jonah Goldberg. From the Amazon description: Liberal Fascism offers a startling new perspective on the theories and practices that define fascist politics. Replacing conveniently manufactured myths with surprising and enlightening research, Jonah Goldberg reminds us that the original fascists were really on the left, and that liberals from Woodrow Wilson… Read more

Another interesting tidbit from is a poll on what Americans believe about the Bible. It found that nearly a third, 31%, believe the Bible is the “actual word of God, to be taken literally.” Nearly half, 47%, believe the Bible is “inspired by the word of God.” Nearly a fifth, 19%, believe that the Bible is just “ancient fables, history, legends recorded by man.” (Read the linked report for various demographic breakdowns as to age, education, church attendance, etc.) It… Read more

I predict that Mike Huckabee will win the Iowa caucuses, thanks to committed homeschoolers who are more likely to brave the cold than anyone else. Whereupon the media and punditry universe will shift its attention to John McCain. Among the Democrats, I predict that Barack Obama will win, thanks again to his followers being more zealous than any of the other’s and, again, willing to show up at the meetings. This will lead to a win in Iowa and to… Read more

Why can’t the Oklahoma Sooners, one of my alma maters, win a post-season bowl game? Last night’s lost to West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl–sorry, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl–was the fourth in four years. And in each of those games the Sooners were, to coin a term, the overdogs. Read more

Findings from a Southern Baptist-sponsored study of young adults leaving the church: 70 percent of 18-year-olds who attended church regularly in high school quit by age 23: they don’t like it. And by age 30, 34 percent still have not rebounded. That means one in four young Protestants has left the church. On their laundry list of reasons: they wanted a break (27%), church is too judgmental (26%), they moved away to college (25%), busy with work (23%). On the… Read more

Gallup, one of the most reliable pollsters, offers some useful and intriguing statistics about the state of religious belief in America. This remains a very religious country, especially compared to our peer nations, but there has been some slippage. Excerpts from the report: About 82% of Americans in 2007 told Gallup interviewers that they identified with a Christian religion. That includes 51% who said they were Protestant, 5% who were “other Christian,” 23% Roman Catholic, and 3% who named another… Read more

Happy Holiday! Happy Holy-day! No, not New Year’s, but a far more significant and wonderful day, the commemoration of the The Circumcision and Name of Jesus. On the eighth day after the Christ child was born, Mary and Joseph had Him circumcised, which was also the occasion of his being given his official name (Luke 2:21). The former event is important because with His circumcision, Christ began to fulfill the Law of Moses on our behalf. The latter event is… Read more

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