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Skepticism is a virtue, and gullibility is not. It seems to me many religious organizations throughout history prefer followers who follow blindly. Many churches fostered a culture of gullibility and were often led by sociopaths who preyed upon the gullible. Such experiences left a bad taste in my mouth to this day, and hence I’ve grown to have a high regard and admiration for the skeptical community. For those reasons I’m on more cordial terms with skeptics than most Christians are.
That said, there has always been a persistent, scholarly, skeptical and scientifically inclined minority that hold to a belief in the miraculous, the after life and non-material spiritual forces. Dawkins and others believe that religious belief is perpetuated via culture and parenting, that it could be eradicated through teaching scientific method and changing culture. For sure, it is probably the case that most religion is culturally imposed and thus perpetuated, but not always.
Whether one believes in the miraculous or not, I think the video below is at least a sincere witness of a man who converted from being an evolutionist to being a creationist. Whether the man is right or not is a separate question. I provide a video link for those curious as to why someone from a skeptical background would become a creationist.
Here is the wiki entry this man, Walter Veith:
Walter Julius Veith (born 1949) is a South African zoologist and a Seventh-day Adventist author and speaker known for his work in nutrition, creationism and Biblical exegesis with the Amazing Discoveries media ministry and on their international television network found in North America on Galaxy 19.
Veith was professor of the zoology department at the University of Cape Town and taught in the medical bioscience department. During this time the department was awarded a Royal Society London grant for zoological research.
After the graduation Veith became an adjunct professor at the University of Stellenbosch and until 1987 gave lectures in zoology.
Early in the 1980s, after his young son fell seriously ill and recovered, he and his wife returned to the Catholic faith. But a few years later he developed doubts about Catholicism and, through the influence of a craftsman who renovated his kitchen, he and his wife joined the Adventist faith.
In his first lectures as an adjunct professor, he had had a student who rejected what she called the lie of evolutionism and instead maintained the truth of the biblical creation story. He soundly put her in her place. Now, his new faith and his own Bible studies led him to adopt this belief, which brought him into conflict with what he was teaching. Because of his lectures on the alleged scientific evidence for biblical creation story he was asked to leave the University of Stellenbosch.
He sold his house in Stellenbosch and obtained a wheat and dairy farm but experienced a catastrophic crop failure during an economic depression in 1988. So he accepted a position as associate professor at the University of the Western Cape in zoology. His serious concerns about the theory of evolution had been resolved by the proviso that he only needed to carry out research.
The mention in wiki of “his young son fell seriously ill and recovered” is a euphemism for Veith’s claim that his son was demon oppressed or possessed.
For any interested to hear how it is possible that someone who is educated could convert, here it is: