Okay, this thread has given me the best idea for a reality show evah!Science Geeks Vs Jesus Freaks!
1)Take 10 evilution-denying, science-ignorant, "prayer will solve everything" home-schooled or Christian-schooled fundies.
2)Take 10 science-savvy atheist nerds. Like college professors, medical professionals or working research scientists.
3)Make sure neither group has much survival experience. No Navy Seals or mountaineers.
4)Put them in a rugged isolated wilderness environment for an extended time, like a month.
5)Give each team the exact same [limited] survival equipment; plus, and here's the kicker: let each team choose one book to bring with them
Each team must devise a way to provide food, clothing, shelter and basic health care for the members, using the equipment, the natural environment and the one book. The team that survives most successfully wins a million bucks. The groups are not to initiate any contact each other. The first group that contacts the other forfeits the game.
Each season will feature a different environment-- rainforest, arctic, desert, steppe, etc. Viewers can bet on which team they think will win. Imagine Jst, skeptic and orange on one team. Jag, foxy and jaime on the other. Mooby and me can be judges.
The religious team will be able to demonstrate to the world, for once and for all, that all anyone needs is Jesus. My guess is the one book they choose is the bible. If it is not, that says something right there. My other guess is that the outcome, every season, will be basically the same as history has shown the past several hundred years, whenever religion goes up against science in a fair contest. The Christians will contact the atheist science geeks for help. That is what their prayers to god will magically reveal is the best course of action.
Practical, reality-based application of knowledge trumps god-magic, prayer and wishful thinking. That is why the devout Christian Pilgrims would have starved and died--praying to god the while-- if the heathen native Americans had not felt pity for them and given them some food.
Science wins. Religion loses. Every time. Reality bites. Look at how disappointed some Christians are that Tom Hanks did not survive on the island by finding Jesus
......why would he, considering not a single island culture ever found Jesus before? http://www.christiananswers.net/spotlight/movies/2000/castaway.html
Sound like a good show? Should we pitch it to Hollywood?