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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #22)

Thu Mar 21, 2013, 03:46 AM

33. I noticed that (when another mentioned it)

unfortunately I had faith in google when I searched for "religious affiliation 2012" to take me to the latest results.

I note that there is, apparently NOT an increase in Catholics, which I had expected there to be.

But I also note that they say that many of the unaffiliated, who are growing, seem to be religious rather than atheist/agnostic

"However, a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, conducted jointly with the PBS television program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, finds that many of the country’s 46 million unaffiliated adults are religious or spiritual in some way. Two-thirds of them say they believe in God (68%). More than half say they often feel a deep connection with nature and the earth (58%), while more than a third classify themselves as “spiritual” but not “religious” (37%), and one-in-five (21%) say they pray every day. In addition, most religiously unaffiliated Americans think that churches and other religious institutions benefit society by strengthening community bonds and aiding the poor."

It just seems that many of them a) do not wish to give up a few hours every Sunday going to a boring church service and b) do not wish to give their money to a church.

But I guess also when it says they "believe in God" that does not mean "believe in the god of the Bible" and "feeling a deep connection with nature and the earth" is more like Native American religion or some new age religion than Christianity.

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