How religious is the world?

Apr 5, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Victoria Advocate

Gallup International's "The Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism" surveyed 51,900 men and women from 57 countries and determined the countries with the highest and lowest numbers of religious believers.

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Here's the full press release:

http://www.wingia.com/web/files/news/14/file/...

And here's one that we looked at las year that uses the same data but focuses its analysis on Ireland:

http://redcresearch.ie/wp-content/uploads/201...

Some of the more interesting results are those that break the data down by affiliation. It's no surprise that only 38% of the Jewish respondents think of themselves as religious people, but I didn't expect to see that only 73% of the Muslim respondents did as opposed to about 80% for most Christians or that 3% of the Muslims self-identify as atheists compared to 1% for Christians. It appears that the moderate subpopulation of Muslims is larger than their public image would lead one to believe.

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This, by the way, is the only study I've seen where all of the countries were polled in the same way by the same organizational structure. As such, it is currently the best tool for assessing worldwide religious trends over the last decade.
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Not surprising that religion is more common amongst the poor and 'religiosity is lower amongst college educated'.

Happy to note that the USA is 'experiencing a notable decline in religiosity', but progress (as I observe it from abroad, here in the UK) seems slow. Although religion is declining it appears the attachment to superstition regarding a creator may not be.

In the USA, there still seems a lack of critical thinking and every issue seems to be a fight between entrenched parties more than a debate amongst seekers of truth.

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EdSed wrote:
Not surprising that religion is more common amongst the poor and 'religiosity is lower amongst college educated'.
Happy to note that the USA is 'experiencing a notable decline in religiosity', but progress (as I observe it from abroad, here in the UK) seems slow. Although religion is declining it appears the attachment to superstition regarding a creator may not be.
In the USA, there still seems a lack of critical thinking and every issue seems to be a fight between entrenched parties more than a debate amongst seekers of truth.
You articulate my frustration in this forum so precisely. I have no interest in "debating" people whose interest in maintaining current beliefs so far outweighs that for advancing their understanding of the world. If they wanted to learn about the sciences that they go to such extremes to dispute, they no longer have to leave their abodes on a trek to the library--there is a huge and incredibly accessible database available via the internet. That they spend so much time here, demanding that said data be delivered in 4,000 characters or less instead of exploring that vast realm shows that "debating" them is a pure waste of time.

But this is still the best place for finding and interacting with like-minded nonbelievers that I have found thus far. When not caught up in the heat of battles better not fought, the regulars here are the most fascinating group I interact with these days.

To those dear friends, I offer a new (for me, anyway) discovery, a blog created and maintained by John D. Hawks, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison:

https://www.johnhawks.net/

Great stuff!!!

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Here's another pretty good blog I sometimes look at... http://sandwalk.blogspot.com/
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NightSerf wrote:
This, by the way, is the only study I've seen where all of the countries were polled in the same way by the same organizational structure. As such, it is currently the best tool for assessing worldwide religious trends over the last decade.
Yes indeed that is a terrific site.
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However in atheist forums we seem to be overrun with rabid Jesus Roaches®

Facts are something they are completely allergic to... let alone reality!
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Hmmm. There are a lot of free online courses available. e.g.
http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses

I prefer not to spend too much time on the computer and normally prefer a 'real world' course at the local college or local group.

I too value and learn from the contributors here and Topix is something that can be done in brief lulls during cooking or TV watching.

Topix is also an opportunity to test some ideas (and to vent sometimes!:-)
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EdSed wrote:
Not surprising that religion is more common amongst the poor and 'religiosity is lower amongst college educated'.
Happy to note that the USA is 'experiencing a notable decline in religiosity', but progress (as I observe it from abroad, here in the UK) seems slow. Although religion is declining it appears the attachment to superstition regarding a creator may not be.
In the USA, there still seems a lack of critical thinking and every issue seems to be a fight between entrenched parties more than a debate amongst seekers of truth.
only in the minds of atheists is their a decline :-)
President and VP are both Christian.
No atheist has been president of the US

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Lincoln wrote:
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only in the minds of atheists is their a decline :-)
President and VP are both Christian.
No atheist has been president of the US
You do know what a non sequitur is, right? The affiliations of high office holders has nothing to do with relatively small shifts in the population. Since you seem not to have bothered to look at the report, I'll summarize it for you and anyone else who would rather have the quick version.

Atheists are still a minority whose population is concentrated in Asia, where 47% of the Chinese and 31% of the Japanese self-identify as atheist. 14% of the Western European population is atheist, just over the global average of 13%. In addition, 23% of the population, while not atheist, is "not-religious." 59% are religious. Since the same survey in 2005, religiosity has dropped by 9% while atheism rose by 3%.

Religiosity appears to be inversely correlate with both income and education. One thing that surprised me was that globally, women tended less towards religiosity and more towards atheism than men did, which is the reverse of all of the stats I've seen for the US, and middle-aged respondents tended to be less religious than both the under 30 and over 65 groups.

Another surprise was that that at 97%, Buddhists had the highest rate of religiosity, followed by Protestants (83%), Hindus(82%), Roman Catholics (81%). Russian and Eastern Orthodox trailed slightly at 78% and Muslims at 74%. The least religious were the Jews at 38%.

In the US, religiosity fell by 13% from 73% to 60% while atheism rose from 1% to 5%.

For the full story, read the full report.

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What stood out to me, is the rise of "not religious" in the populations.

In truth, the only real problems unbelievers and freethinkers have with organized religion, is their political interference and them pushing religious dogma into law.

With more and more people self-identifying as "not religious", that means less and less support for organized religion.

Which is a good thing, in my book-- without religion's lobbying efforts, their affect on politics will be reduced.

And that is only in accordance with the constitution's no establishment clause.

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