Study: World Is Turning More Religious; Atheism Declining

Aug 16, 2013 Full story: Free Republic 12

A new study says the world is more religious now than it was four decades ago, and this trend will continue to 2020 and perhaps beyond even as the global share of the nonreligious is likely to witness a sustained decrease.

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“Leave That Thing Alone!”

Since: Nov 07

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#1 Aug 16, 2013
2nd line of the article;

"The percentage of the world that is religious continues to increase, according to the study titled "Christianity In Its Global Context, 1970-2010," conducted by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts."

Yep... I'm sure it's not at all biased or misleading

Since: Sep 10

Earth

#3 Aug 16, 2013
TerryL wrote:
2nd line of the article;
"The percentage of the world that is religious continues to increase, according to the study titled "Christianity In Its Global Context, 1970-2010," conducted by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts."
Yep... I'm sure it's not at all biased or misleading
In the 1984 US presidential election, the corporate media started predicting a landslide for Ronnie Raygun based (read: biased) on early returns. As a result, people in the western US (including heavily democrat states) gave up and started voting for Raygun as well, leading to a landslide.

Telling the lie and biasing the minds of the public is necessary if you want to commit a fraud.(And I didn't even have to mention Goebbels to say that....)
LCNlin

United States

#4 Aug 18, 2013
US seems to be moving in the direction of religion

AFTER a Washington odd couple chose to offer support for prayers in public meetings in a US Supreme Court case, two Hamilton County residents suing to stop public prayers locally say they were surprised but will continue to press on.

Lawyers for the Obama administration and House and Senate Republicans last week filed “friend of the court” briefs in the case of Greece v. Galloway.

The case involves a New York woman who is suing the town of Greece, New York, to halt prayers before public meetings. In that case, the woman is arguing that prayers at the town council were exclusively Christian and, therefore, endorsed Christianity over other religions.

The high court case closely parallels a federal case in Hamilton County, where residents Thomas Coleman and Brandon Jones are suing to halt prayers before Hamilton County Commission meetings and have them replaced with moments of silence.

Coleman said on Tuesday he was disappointed by the White House’s move.

“We were extremely shocked and certainly saw this as causing more problems for freedom of religion down the road. It certainly seems like the Obama administration was passing the buck on this one,” he said.

“It’s going to come back to the Supreme Court in some form or another, and it will continue until there is some resolution that pleases everybody, which we hold is a moment of silence, which is inclusive of all religions,” Coleman said.

Jones said he suspects Obama’s move was sprinkled with a little politics and is likely an olive branch to the GOP.

“I’m not surprised he’s taking the position that he has.... I think he’s trying to build bipartisanship and probably trying to appease the more right-wing members of society and show that he’s their president, too. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, but I understand what he might be doing,” Jones said.

Robin Flores, the lawyer representing Coleman and Jones, said the White House’s involvement doesn’t change a thing for him.

“I think that would have some weight with the justices, and it might work out in favor of the town of Greece, but it’s not going to change our strategy,” Flores said.

Flores has filed a request to enter a late friend of the court brief in the Galloway case but has not heard back from the Supreme Court.

The filing is late because the deadline to file in the Galloway case came before the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, ruled against Flores’s request to halt prayer in Hamilton County until the local case was concluded.

Flores, and the county’s attorney Steve Duggins, both said in July the Galloway case would likely settle all government prayer cases.

So far, federal appellate courts in New York, Virginia, Illinois and Colorado have ruled against allowing prayer at government meetings. But courts in California, Ohio and Georgia have upheld it. Part of the Supreme Court’s duty is to provide uniformity of law, Flores said.

Duggins said on Tuesday he was pleased to see the White House come out in favor of prayer at public meetings.

“I’m always glad to see others joining in support of our position. Anytime you get some added support, it’s gratifying,” Duggins said.

The Hamilton County case has a scheduling conference this month in US District Court in Chattanooga.

The Supreme Court is expected to make a ruling in the Galloway case by next summer.

Since: Aug 12

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#5 Aug 19, 2013
Apparently on the day of the Rapture, all the world's religious people will disappear suddenly.

Leaving the rest of us in, erm, Heaven.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#6 Aug 19, 2013
This is just more 'Free Republic'/Roboblogger garbage. It seems there is no Nightserf to delete the crap.

I think this is more interesting and realistic...
http://thebarkingatheist.wordpress.com/
quote, "Lots of NFL players wear their religion on their sleeves, but it’s rare for an NFL player to publicly speak about his lack of religious faith. In NFL locker rooms, it’s common for the head coach to lead the team in reciting the Lord’s Prayer, and it’s usually just assumed that no one in the locker room would have any issue with that..."
Yet many USAmericans (religious or not) still don't think that the USA has a 'religion problem'- even when people are worshipping an Abrahamic god(s). I think if a football coach in England started to say a prayer it would probably be met with hilarity rather than participation.

I don't know if religious populations are increasing statistically faster than non-religious ones, but I do think religion is retreating in the face of science and education.
havent forgotten

Lamoni, IA

#7 Aug 20, 2013
swerty wrote:
Apparently on the day of the Rapture, all the world's religious people will disappear suddenly.
Leaving the rest of us in, erm, Heaven.
I wish it were all of the rightwing religious people, and soon. They would be leaving behind a planet they already harmed badly. But we might be able to save it if they were gone.
havent forgotten

Lamoni, IA

#8 Aug 20, 2013
obviously more religious people have sex without birth control. that is the agenda of the rightwing macho types. and nonreligious people may have sense enough not to reproduce, and to neuter their pets, because soon the earth will be ruined by the activities by rightwing religious nuts, in cahoots with the greedy fossil fuels industry and the ambitious rightwing politicians.
havent forgotten

Lamoni, IA

#9 Aug 20, 2013
If I dared be so impolite, I would suggest a new anti-abortion slogan. "Kill fu**king men, not unborn babies."
Muh Dik

Brisbane, Australia

#10 Aug 29, 2013
havent forgotten wrote:
obviously more religious people have sex without birth control. that is the agenda of the rightwing macho types. and nonreligious people may have sense enough not to reproduce, and to neuter their pets, because soon the earth will be ruined by the activities by rightwing religious nuts, in cahoots with the greedy fossil fuels industry and the ambitious rightwing politicians.
Who are you talking about?
Whites in particular?
What about your 'gods' like the blackman?
They dont use birth control, they couldnt give a stuff about animals except for how they taste and if its free. What about their politicians? Especially the commander in chimp whos about to start another war.
When whites engage in the greed of government you whine like hell, when blacks do it you accept it due to political correctness and say 'reparations!!!'
LCNlin

United States

#11 Aug 29, 2013
TerryL wrote:
2nd line of the article;
"The percentage of the world that is religious continues to increase, according to the study titled "Christianity In Its Global Context, 1970-2010," conducted by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts."
Yep... I'm sure it's not at all biased or misleading
May be difficult to obtain accurate figures but atheists seem to remain about two percent in the US. Agnostics seem a bit more numerous.
President Obama and VP Biden are Christians and seems to support public prayer at opening of city council meetings.
Google this if doubtful.
xianity is EVIL

Tecumseh, Canada

#12 Aug 29, 2013
LCNlin wrote:
<quoted text>
May be difficult to obtain accurate figures but atheists seem to remain about two percent in the US. Agnostics seem a bit more numerous.
President Obama and VP Biden are Christians and seems to support public prayer at opening of city council meetings.
Google this if doubtful.
no wonder your economy is in the kraper!

prayer aint gonna fix nothing,you moron...
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#13 Aug 30, 2013
LCNlin wrote:
<quoted text>
....
President Obama and VP Biden are Christians and seems to support public prayer at opening of city council meetings.
Google this if doubtful.
I did and I remain doubtful.

They have more important concerns and they couldn't get elected without appearing to be Christian due to religious prejudice in the USA. You quote polls but one of them (as you well know) suggests that prejudice and ignorance runs so deep in US society that only about 54% of USAmericans would vote for a non-believer.

Again: as you know, it is difficult to know how superstitious someone really is. Many pay lip-service to Christianity, but do people really think that Obama and Biden believe in the Virgin Birth or that a god sent a prophet to Earth? Could they really be that stupid?

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