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cleanhippie

(19,705 posts)
Wed Jan 30, 2013, 01:35 PM Jan 2013

Godless America: The New Religious-less Reality

Religion is still very important to many Americans and it will be a very long time before we will live in a world without religion. It might not ever happen. However, we are getting much closer to that world, and before we know it, religious belief will occupy the same place as fortunetellers in our society. We are at the dawn of a new reality in America in which people are starting to be more interested in actual reality than they are in ancient superstitions.

According to a 2012 Gallup-International poll (PDF), the number of "convinced atheists" in the United States has risen from 1 percent in 2005 to 5 percent in 2012. I want to point out here that we are not talking about some vague group of "nones," or even people who shy away from the "A" label. That 5 percent doesn't count those who only identify as agnostic or secular. It doesn't count those who only use the Humanist or rationalist labels, either. We aren't even talking about people who are just a little bit atheist; we are talking about "convinced atheists." That's 5 percent of the American public.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/staks-rosch/godless-america-the-new-r_b_2561272.html
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rug

(82,333 posts)
4. Maybe but it underscores the unwarranted optimism of the post.
Wed Jan 30, 2013, 01:47 PM
Jan 2013

Really, two hundred years after the Enlightenment and fortunetelling is as strong as ever. Even if it were the equivalent of religion, which it clearly is not, this prediction of the eradication of religion is not based in reality.

JNelson6563

(28,151 posts)
7. Some optimism, much reality.
Wed Jan 30, 2013, 04:10 PM
Jan 2013

I found the opening of the article excerpt to be rooted deeply in reality:

Religion is still very important to many Americans and it will be a very long time before we will live in a world without religion. It might not ever happen.

Frankly, that anyone at all still believes in fortune telling is the most disappointing tidbit in this discussion for me. As to religion, as long as there is fear of death and fear of the unknown, it will be with us.

Julie

Ligyron

(7,652 posts)
11. I think the Rom might classify fortune telling as a offshoot of their religion
Sat Feb 2, 2013, 04:07 PM
Feb 2013

and no need to worry about the eradication of religion. They're inventing new ones all the time.

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