40% of Americans take their bible literally. WOW. Please absorb that slowly, it's important. How did we get here? When Big Think can post Rick Warren next to Sam Harris as an 'expert' we should all stop, shudder and think long and hard. Evangelical Xtianity is a massive , expanding, growing BUSINESS... Wal-Mart should take a look. What will be the result of these trends over time? Can we all afford to say Religion is immune from being judged by the standards of the rest of society? If we put them on a pedestal for historical reasons, don't we open the gate to them taking advantage? politically, financially etc.. When those preachers ask their flock, are you smarter than a 5th grader, it's a veiled threat. How do the non-literalists view their brothers in Christ, whose depth of critical analysyis seems more akin to continued belief in Santa Claus?