Are We Becoming an Atheist Nation?

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Are We Becoming an Atheist Nation?

Post by Librarian » Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:51 am

Are We Becoming an Atheist Nation? 3 Reasons Young People Are Abandoning Religion

Chances are that if you are in your 20s or 30s, you are not hanging around a church.

Polling is now a highly sophisticated industry, and religious organizations are being fed some irrefutable numbers about what is happening among their constituents.

In a single generation, the Christian church dropout rate has increased fivefold. The Barna Group, a leading research organization focusing on the intersection of faith and culture, says 80 percent of the young people raised in a church will be “disengaged” before they are 30.

In the past 20 years, the number of American people who say they have no religion has doubled and has now reached 15 percent. Those numbers are concentrated in the under-30 population. The polling data continues to show that a dramatic exit is taking place from American Christian churches.
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Re: Are We Becoming an Atheist Nation?

Post by davisherm » Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:30 am

I think it's really sad for the church folks that they're so very set in stone and unable to change that they are going to find their faith in extreme minority in a generation or two. Maybe even sooner if these numbers continue. There are many churches in my area that are either flat out closed due to low membership or many small churches that share their pastor between them because congregations that only 20 years ago were thriving now cannot support themselves.

This article is disturbing on another level though, and really speaks to the state of the world. So many of these newly 'godless' ones are as disillusioned as they are that they're swearing off religion entirely. I'm hoping that eventually some will cast an eye about themselves and see what besides what they were raised on is available. I was fortunate that I found my path as quickly as I did. How many of these disenfranchised youths will wander hurt, confused, and feeling alone?

I'm not the evangelistic sort, and it really goes against many of the traditions of my chosen faith. When the student is ready, the teacher appears, after all. But I can't help but feel for these teens and young adults who reject their upbringing only to plunge into a void. I hope the universe speaks to them and they can find peace.
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Re: Are We Becoming an Atheist Nation?

Post by Kitsune » Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:29 pm

The only problem with this information is that it's incomplete. A good lot of those people answer "no religion" if they don't want you to know, if they are still looking at different faiths and if they've decided that they are "spiritual" and not religious...

I think we will see more atheists in the coming generations, but really, I want people to be straight up with what they believe in.

While we're on the subject of Atheists... Does anyone else feel that they are starting to get a bit big for their breeches as well? They started off saying "Just let me believe what I want, even if that is that there is no God..." but now I'm detecting a "I'm right and when are all you idiots who believe in a religion, any religion, going to get a clue that it's all a sham!?" sort of feeling to the movement... Any thoughts?
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Post by Librarian » Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:45 am

Perhaps they're just not afraid of coming out anymore. Remember, they used to be burned too.
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Post by Crazy Healer Lady » Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:18 am

Yeah it seems that people overtip the scales before coming to equality, but I'm with you, Kitsune. It's like they're parading around telling everyone with a belief in the intangible that they are idiots, and when you call them on it, "Oh, THAT'S what you got? Noooo, we're peaceful and just want to be acknowledged."

I have a lot of personal woundings on it, though. Almost all my highschool friends went Athiest and started attacking me, until I sat them down and had an honest and no-shots-barred discussion with them. They now, thankfully, respect other viewpoints on the matter.
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Post by Dark Waters » Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:10 pm

Unfortunately - when you look at what is happening in the major religions - and how people proclaiming them don't even live by their own "faith" - you can see where the atheists get the idea that the faithful are idiots. Sometimes I want to agree with them.

My response is always - I don't know the 9 billion names of the thought concept "God", but I do believe there is an energy, a force at work out there somewhere and I just follow the belief system that seems right to me. It may not be the most correct, it maybe off in left field somewhere looking at the daisies, but it works for me and I hope the are happy in their choice too.
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Re: Are We Becoming an Atheist Nation?

Post by Kitsune » Mon Dec 13, 2010 5:00 am

I admit, I have very few friends that are atheist, so most of my experience is online, but they used to at least look at me as a pagan and say "Well, I don't agree with you with you, but I certainly can't disagree with your belief, since you're living your own words and not trying to kill anyone for them." Now it's very aggressive as though they think that even us pagans will start trying to hit them over the head with our religion. I wonder how most atheists would respond to "This is Atheisms 'Cave Man' days... you know, evolutionarily, you bash anyone who is not you. I can't wait for you to join us again in the civilized renaissance era." :lol: :lol: :lol:
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