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November 04, 2015, 09:10:12 PM
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Growing numbers of ‘millennials’ who are unaffiliated or atheists are causing vast changes in the American religious landscape, report says


Declining levels of religious belief and practice among the generation of Americans born in the last two decades of the 20th century is shifting the US towards becoming a less devout nation, a major new survey has found.

The growing proportion of “millennials” – young adults now in their 20s and 30s – who do not belong to any organised faith is changing America’s religious landscape, says a report by the respected Pew Research Center, based on a survey of 35,000 people.

The religiously unaffiliated or “nones”, who include atheists and those who describe their religion as “nothing in particular”, have grown to 23% of the US population, compared to 16% at the time of the last comparable survey in 2007.

But three out of four Americans still have some religious faith, mainly Protestant denominations, Catholics, Jews, Mormons, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus. And 89% of US adults say they believe in God – including a significant proportion of “nones” – making America more religiously inclined than other advanced industrial nations.

Youth largely equates with a lack of religious activity, says the report. One in four millennials attend religious services on a weekly basis, compared with more than half of those adults born before or during the second world war. Only 38% of adults born after 1990 say religion is very important in their lives, compared with 67% of those born before 1945.

Overall, 55% of American adults say they pray daily, 53% say religion is very important in their lives and 50% attend a religious service at least once a month. Significantly, more women (64%) pray on a daily basis than men (46%).

The 2014 Religious Landscape Study follows an analysis in May which looked more broadly at the changing religious composition of the US public. The report released on Tuesday examines beliefs and practices.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/03/young-americans-shift-religious-landscape-less-devout

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November 04, 2015, 09:17:18 PM
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It was about time. Interestingly even in the 21st century a huge number of people believe in fairy tales. I guess accepting the reality of nothingness after life is a scary thought which has shifted people towards religion in the past. Although I do not want to start a religious debate in this thread as there is a huge thread about "atheists hating religion". This seems like natural to me and this trend is probably only going to persist in the future.


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November 04, 2015, 09:21:36 PM
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My friends who are atheists usually point to the utter absence of a God as the reason for their belief.  It's not anti-religion or that they have had a bad experience with religion. It is simply that no evidence of a God exists.

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November 04, 2015, 09:25:32 PM
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Democracy is their new religion, and Obama is their god.   Sad
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November 04, 2015, 09:49:52 PM
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It is simply that no evidence of a God exists.

Actually, research indicates the opposite.

A large scientific study determined that veridical perception during brain-death is a scientific fact. Consciousness and awareness appeared to occur during a three-minute period when there was no heartbeat. This is paradoxical, since the brain typically ceases functioning within 20-30 seconds of the heart stopping and doesn’t resume again until the heart has been restarted. Furthermore, the detailed recollections of visual awareness in this case were consistent with verified events.

Press release:
http://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2014/10/07-worlds-largest-near-death-experiences-study.page#.VDa5LhaOqSo.

Perhaps atheists like YOU are simply refusing to acknowledge the scientific evidence for what it is?? This is not the first time that I have presented this evidence to you, RodeoX.

Scientific evidence supporting near-death experiences and the afterlife:
http://www.near-death.com/science/evidence.html
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November 04, 2015, 09:54:28 PM
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50 years of jewish cultural marxism will do that to a country

Be radical, have principles, be absolute, be that which the bourgeoisie calls an extremist: give yourself without counting or calculating, don't accept what they call ‘the reality of life' and act in such a way that you won't be accepted by that kind of ‘life', never abandon the principle of struggle.
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November 04, 2015, 09:59:35 PM
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Perhaps atheists like YOU are simply refusing to acknowledge the scientific evidence for what it is?? This is not the first time that I have presented this evidence to you, RodeoX.

Scientific evidence supporting near-death experiences and the afterlife:
http://www.near-death.com/science/evidence.html
Actually it does not. You're part of the ignorant and deluded group of people who take everything they read for granted.  There is always going to be an article or two opposing some idea. You should never believe stuff because of stories that people tell you or because of a few articles. Here's a nice example:
AWARE Results Finally Published – No Evidence of NDE. It is quite easy to tell a random story to people so that you attract attention with a NDE.  A quote from a scientific perspective:
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Whether you saw a divine being or your brain was merely pumping out chemicals, the experience is so intense that it forces you to rethink your place on Earth.


Democracy is their new religion, and Obama is their god.   Sad
I wouldn't call the US a democracy anymore.


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I would disagree.  What I see happening is that the religion of 'Scientism' is rapidly gaining traction, and just like the Christian fundies worried themselves over, it is under the increasingly competent and dedicated direction of public schools.

A practitioner of the Scientism faith has to be ignorant and/or antagonistic to the philosophical methods used by scientists of old.  He/she must know 'science' as being, by definition, whatever a government chartered or partnered 'scientist' says it is.  The idea of practicing the scientific method on one's own is as abhorrent to a Scientism-ist as it was for Catholics to try to read and interpret the bible on their own with less than complete direction of the clergy prior to the reformation.

The most discouraging thing about these new Scientism adherents is that they are every bit as intolerant and nasty as your average whack-a-doodle religious fundy.  e.g., the Westboro Baptists or the Taliban who won't let girls go to school.  It is also worth note that the global warming scam rode to town on the backs of these minions so they represent a clear and present danger to a lot of the 'freedoms' that our country (the U.S.) has held dear dating back to the founding of the nation.


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November 04, 2015, 10:05:46 PM
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Of course the religious nutters that have spawned on the board are out in force on this thread over the news lol.
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November 04, 2015, 10:21:14 PM
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I would disagree.  What I see happening is that the religion of 'Scientism' is rapidly gaining traction, and just like the Christian fundies worried themselves over, it is under the increasingly competent and dedicated direction of public schools.

A practitioner of the Scientism faith has to be ignorant and/or antagonistic to the philosophical methods used by scientists of old.  He/she must know 'science' as being, by definition, whatever a government chartered or partnered 'scientist' says it is.  The idea of practicing the scientific method on one's own is as abhorrent to a Scientism-ist as it was for Catholics to try to read and interpret the bible on their own with less than complete direction of the clergy prior to the reformation.

The most discouraging thing about these new Scientism adherents is that they are every bit as intolerant and nasty as your average whack-a-doodle religious fundy.  e.g., the Westboro Baptists or the Taliban who won't let girls go to school.  It is also worth note that the global warming scam rode to town on the backs of these minions so they represent a clear and present danger to a lot of the 'freedoms' that our country (the U.S.) has held dear dating back to the founding of the nation.



Agreed.

And as a Christian, I don't lose any sleep over it, because it was clearly predicted in the bible.

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November 04, 2015, 11:22:45 PM
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Perhaps atheists like YOU are simply refusing to acknowledge the scientific evidence for what it is?? This is not the first time that I have presented this evidence to you, RodeoX.

Scientific evidence supporting near-death experiences and the afterlife:
http://www.near-death.com/science/evidence.html
Actually it does not. You're part of the ignorant and deluded group of people who take everything they read for granted.  There is always going to be an article or two opposing some idea. You should never believe stuff because of stories that people tell you or because of a few articles. Here's a nice example:
AWARE Results Finally Published – No Evidence of NDE. It is quite easy to tell a random story to people so that you attract attention with a NDE.  A quote from a scientific perspective:
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Whether you saw a divine being or your brain was merely pumping out chemicals, the experience is so intense that it forces you to rethink your place on Earth.


It's not a random story at all! Events witnessed and heard by NDErs while in an out-of-body state are almost always realistic and their observations are almost always confirmed as completely accurate.

Why is it that verification of seeing what a doctor that walks in a room wore, or seeing a shoe from a ledge, or other cases is not enough? A physical marker like audio stimuli is good enough to show that these experiences are not hallucinations and false memory. That is what happened in this study.

Also, you can see in point #52 on the near-death site another study that was done which showed that "Memories of Near-Death Experiences are More Real Than Normal Memories": not only were the NDEs not similar to the memories of imagined events, but the phenomenological characteristics inherent to the memories of real events (e.g. memories of sensorial details) are even more numerous in the memories of NDE than in the memories of real events.

Actually, NDEs cannot be explained by brain chemistry alone.

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Even if NDE elements can be reduced to only a series of brain reactions, this does not negate the idea that NDEs are more than a brain thing. Actually, this AWARE research study certainly suggests that the brain does not generate consciousness; it provides an example of the many veridical cases which cannot be explained by the current mind-brain paradigm.
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November 05, 2015, 12:24:59 AM
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This is not to change the subject, but to generate awareness about the evidence supporting life after death and the possibility of God. According to Thonnard et. al in PLOS ONE (2013):

“This suggests that memories of NDEs are flashbulb memories of really perceived hallucinations. Although the similarities of NDEs with hallucinations are striking, further research is needed to characterize the relationship between these phenomena more precisely. Finally, additional neuroimaging studies are needed in order to better understand the neural signature of NDEs.”
This is a “working hypothesis”, and if this is falsified (which is science) then what else is left? If “really perceived hallucinations” are falsified? The problem is that you need a functioning brain to have an hallucination. Blood flow, electrical activity etc. – which is not there during some people’s “actual death experiences”.
It seems that one possibility is something going on in the brain much deeper than can be detected at present and this may be able to “save”, in some way, the current brain-mind paradigm. But I don’t know how this then explains tunnels, meeting dead relatives, enhanced perceptions, clarity, life review…
Why should all that go on?
Hence,
Even if NDE elements can be reduced to only a series of brain reactions, this does not negate the idea that NDEs are more than a brain thing. Since you listed "saw a divine being" or "brain pumping out chemicals" as the two possibilities from a scientific perspective; what is the result?
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November 05, 2015, 06:02:04 AM
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Most of the youth around the world are also becoming less religious. Government is now the new church.

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November 05, 2015, 08:41:21 AM
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It is very true that most youths are turning into atheists each and every day. Some of them feel that church has dissapointed them, not fulfilled what it has promised to them through the men of God who preach this things.They feel that it is a thing of the past and has no place in today's world. They want to be free to do what they want without any restrictions. but personally i believe there is a GOD.
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Prepare for religious violence. The less religious people in general become, the more fanatical the religious people become.
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November 05, 2015, 11:40:18 AM
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No problem, as muslim immigration is encouraged in all (originally) white christian countries, they will soon rebalance this situation and in the long run the western countries will be religious states again Wink. In the US the latin population probably will have the numbers and ability to convert the whole country to one big catholic community soon Smiley.
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November 05, 2015, 11:51:49 AM
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Prepare for religious violence. The less religious people in general become, the more fanatical the religious people become.

Really if you look at Islam in particular it's already happening, any time people start openly trying to criticise them they go ballistic, Christians are more used to it but there are definitely groups out there that are already enraged at the thought of somebody daring to question their religion.
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No problem, as muslim immigration is encouraged in all (originally) white christian countries, they will soon rebalance this situation and in the long run the western countries will be religious states again Wink. In the US the latin population probably will have the numbers and ability to convert the whole country to one big catholic community soon Smiley.

They won't convert the whole country, as some Christian religions in the US would point out the papacy may be the beast of Revelation, as they changed times and laws.

But I can see them becoming bigger here, especially after watching everyone fawning over the Pope when he came.

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November 05, 2015, 01:03:56 PM
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If the so-called churches were helpful, more young people would attend services. They ought to helping the poor and needy. Instead, they stuff the money they are given in the bank--or invest it in stocks !

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November 05, 2015, 02:18:57 PM
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Same thing is happening in Europe. People are becoming less religious and want division of religion and state. I think it's a good thing because clergy is rolling in money and own a lot of land that is basically untouchable because politicians usually don't want to mess with religion.

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