Thursday, June 26, 2008

In the US, even atheists believe in God

Apparently, according to the latest Pew Forum report on Religion and Public Life, nine out of 10 people in the US believe in God, including some atheists. And nearly 60% of Americans pray to God every day, a with a third saying their prayers are answered once a month.

That's not a very good hit rate, given that 80% believe in miracles. Apparently miracles don't mean answers to prayer. They should pray for stuff that God is more likely to answer - like a request for a good day at work as opposed to a drop in mortgage rates - and take a leaf out of the prayer book of the 10 percent of Americans who pray every day and say they get an answer to prayer at least once a week because at least one in seven of their prayers are realistic.

Also, one in four of the 35,556 surveyed think God is an impersonal force - meaning 65% of the believers think he isn't an impersonal force - and one in five Americans who identified themselves atheists say they believe in God. I thought the whole point of being an atheist was about not believing in God so there are some pretty confused atheists in the US.

Perhaps they thought they were being asked if they were "a theist".

The survey also found nearly three-quarters of Americans believe in heaven as a place where people who have led good lives will be rewarded eternally. Almost 60 per cent believe in hell, where people who have led bad lives and die without repenting are punished eternally.

Many Christians believe that there is more than one road to God, and I wonder how many of them are on the road to hell that is paved with good intentions, but don`t know it?




Blogger Steve Withers said...

With so many people willing to organise their lives around a myth with no evidence to support its validity, it is no wonder the United States is off the rails.

Once you've taken that "leap of faith" and decided to join the herd believing whatever silly thing they all believe in, you're ready to absorb any lie provided it comes from the same authority who sold you the sky pixie promising luxury options when you're dead.

June 27, 2008 at 2:46 AM  

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