June 3, 2013 To everyone who is reading about Stephanie’s new project, Google has directed you to my 2011 post. Stephanie and I are very different women but with so much respect for each other. Please let me refer you to all my writing about the simply splendid Stephanie Nielson family and I will post news of her latest project about women (I think) who have learned to live with physical disfigurement and disability on AOC’s front page tomorrow.
America’s Views of the Bible
The stars have a way of lining up at Anne of Carversville, in serendipity if not from a higher power. Spirituality and sexuality are always intertwined at AOC and today is no different.
We begin with a new GALLUP poll that’s hardly radical in its findings. Three in 10 Americans interpret the Bible, saying it is the actual word of God. A 49% plurality of Americans say the Bible is the inspired word of God but that it should not be taken literally, consistently the most common view in Gallup’s nearly 40-year history of this question. Another 17% consider the Bible an ancient book of stories recorded by man.
I regret that Gallup didn’t publish the answers by gender, because I believe the results would confirm that educated men are the most likely to consider the Bible an ancient book of stories recorded by man.
Gallup has consistently found strong differences in views of the Bible as the “actual word of God” by religiosity and education. The current poll also finds significant income differences, with 50% of lower-income respondents believing the Bible is the actual word of God, compared with 27% of middle-income and 15% of high-income respondents.
These income differences are larger than what Gallup has measured in the past, with a higher percentage of low-income Americans believing the Bible is literally true.
Catholics are very likely to believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, because the Vatican accepts the theory of evolution, unlike fundamentalist Protestants.
Mormons also tend to accept the theory of evolution and many Mormons as well as Catholic anthropologists have willingly engaged in research that confirms not only evolution but historical myths around the creation myths that are found in many cultural artifacts prior to the writing of the Old Testament.
I’m at a fork in the road here, with two events to pursue in the last 24 hours. I will take the Mormon road to Arizona, to an older article — one of several I’ve written in the last three years about Stephanie Nielson and her husband Christian, a couple that miraculously survived a deadly, firery small plane crash in 2008.
Both Nielsons were seriously injured, but Stephanie has suffered the most, with over 80 percent of her body burned. When AOC suddenly had 1000 page views on a NieNie article in an hour yesterday, I assumed one or both of them had made a TV appearance. This seems not to be the case. Google just put us in a prime spot.
NieNie’s Stephanie Nielson Faces ‘Flawless’ Beauty Head-on AOC Body|Beauty|Culture
A new editorial ‘Beauty Revolt’ was in the queue before Stephanie’s article took off. Without NieNie’s (Stephanie’s blog) intervention, I intended to write about journalists and bloggers and their incessant use of the word ‘flawless’.
No tirades here today. I was able to channel my thoughts in a more positive and inspiring direction, using Stephanie Nielson as my muse.
Stephanie Nielson inspires me in the same way.