Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The rise of biblical creationism in Mexico and its effect on American creationism

Biblical creationism is seeing a significant rise in Mexico and the trend appears to be favoring a continued expansion of creationism in Mexico. In fact, current conditions in Mexico and recent events in Central and South America suggest that creationism could see a dramatic rise in Mexico.

In addition, in places where creationism is rising the locales appear to be experiencing greater amounts of peace within their community.

Of course, this comes as no surprise to those who are aware of evolutionary ideology and its influence on the hateful, violent and chaotic ideologies of evolutionary racism, Nazism, communism and many far left wing movements.

Our Question Evolution! Campaign is taking actions to increase this growing trend in Mexico.

How fast is biblical creationism rising in Mexico and why is this happening?

Currently, about 82.7 per cent of Mexicans consider themselves Catholic, down from 88 per cent in 2000 and 96 per cent in 1970. Evangelical protestant denominations are believed responsible for much of the drop. The trend appears to be favoring evangelicalism and could easily quickly accelerate.

Due to Vatican pro-evolution statements in the past and evangelical Christians favoring biblical creationism this means that biblical creationism is seeing a significant rise in Mexico.

Could Mexican evangelicalism and creationism see explosive growth?

Yes, it could as evangelical and biblical creationism is a growing trend in Latin America and no doubt this is happening in countries with significant problems. At the present time, Mexico has very significant problems within its society. Historically, biblical Christianity is very appealing to the underclasses of society.

A 2011 article in The Economist declares:
The evangelical Protestantism preached within its walls (and on screens outside) has taken off in Central America. Estimates vary, but according to the State Department of the United States, barely 50% of Salvadorans now identify as Catholic, and in Honduras and Belize the share has dropped below half. Nicaragua is close behind.

In Brazil, creationism is presently seeing dramatic growth and Brazil has a significant influence on South America.

Chaotic conditions in Mexico make ripe conditions for the gospel of peace

Paul Adams wrote in his article The Rise of Evangelicalism in Mexico:
But with a country shadowed by the underground totalitarianism of the Mexican Drug Cartel and other drug-related violence which has killed over 50,000 people over the past five years, the visit was a bittersweet one. The Pope commiserated with those ravaged by this issue, urging the country to “fight this evil” while asserting to Mexico’s youth to step away from the recreational drug subculture.

...And look no further than the small town of Zongozotla, Puebla as the poster child for this religious shift. Public Radio International recently visited the town of roughly 5,000 people, finding Catholics being outnumbered by the Evangelicals. In contrast to the rampant violence and vices that circulate through Puebla, the town had a peaceful ambiance to it.

Local pastor Horacio Lopez asserted, “Our descendants say before the evangelicals arrived the town was in a miserable state.” The town has generally prohibited the selling of alcohol for religious reasons, and has found itself in a much more sobering and content mood....

Mexico has found itself becoming more poor, frustrated, and scared while it continues to show no signs of economical or political improvement. With its government inadequately supporting the social structure, the people are beginning to look elsewhere for salvation.

Atheism and Latin American culture do not mix well

Historically, atheists and agnostics have been the loudest and most vigorous proponents of evolutionary dogma. Countries with a historic tradition of strong monotheism, such as Latin America, have proven to be hard ground as far as atheist evangelism. With the expansion of evangelicalism in Latin America this is not likely to be favorable to evolutionism in Mexico and Latin America.

The effect on the United States which is a big center of creationism evangelism

Mexico has a significant influence on the USA due to legal and illegal immigration, global communication and trade.

The Birbeck, University of London professor Eric Kaufmann declared to a secular audience in a lecture titled Shall the religious inherit the earth: "The trends that are happening worldwide inevitably in an age of globalization are going to affect us."

Since the future of U.S. and Mexico relations is greatly dependent on economic and political factors and these variables are more volatile than in the past, it is anyone's guess as far as to the degree the rise of Mexican creationism will affect the theological and ideological landscape of the United States. But it will have an effect and Kaufmann's remark above certainly has some relevance.

Also, consider this information from a March 25, 2011 article in the Wall Street Journal:
In a demographic shift touching every corner of the U.S., the Hispanic population grew faster than expected and accounted for more than half of the nation's growth over the past decade, with the group's increase driven by births and immigration.

The Census Bureau—in its first nationwide demographic tally from the 2010 headcount—said Thursday the U.S. Hispanic population surged 43%, rising to 50.5 million in 2010 from 35.3 million in 2000. Latinos now constitute 16% of the nation's total population of 308.7 million.

The Census Bureau has estimated that the non-Hispanic white population would drop to 50.8% of the total population by 2040 — then drop to 46.3% by 2050. This demographic transformation—Latinos now account for about one in four people under age 18—holds the potential to shift the political dynamics across the country.

Creation evangelism and the Latino community

Presently have a Peruvian Christian member of our Question Evolution! Campaign named Rafael who is continuing to translate the Question Evolution! Campaign and its 15 questions for evolutionists related material into Spanish so that should help spread the campaign in South America too. See: Peruvian Christian is performing additional Spanish translating for Question Evolution! Campaign

Other resources:

Question Evolution! Campaign

15 questions for evolutionists

Responses to the 15 Questions: part 1 - Questions 1-3

Responses to the 15 Questions: part 2 - Questions 4–8

Responses to the 15 Questions: part 2 - Questions 9-15

Refuting evolution

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