New polls show a five-fold increase in the number of admitted atheists in the United States in the last seven years. It’s now one in twenty which puts the US on a par with Saudi Arabia.
The poll asked simply:
“Irrespective of whether you attend a place of worship or not, would you say you are a religious person, not a religious person, or a convinced atheist?”
Perhaps the crack in the levee is the decrease in the percentage of people indicating they are religious: down to 60% from 73% just seven years ago. Of course we must consider that the numbers might represent percentages in terms of being religious or not, or perhaps they represent a tendency to answer the poll honesty rather than how society nudges us to answer. I suspect that a few drops of truth serum in the wine would knock that religious percentage way down. After all, how many people are in church on Sunday because of their fervent belief in a supernatural being who is watching their every moves and how many people are there to fit in with the community or to show that they are good parents raising their kids as the community expects. And we are only talking about the religious-types that bother to go to church. In today’s society, a golf tee time, the Sunday football games, getting that big green lawn mowed, marinating the steaks for the barbecue, and all those other glorious things that would suffer if church attendance was also included … what if there was barely enough time left to get home for the kickoff and the pastor stopped you to discuss the roof budget or the inner-city youth program?
By the way, reading the Bible may lead to convincing more atheists rather than more believers … no wonder Texas has outlawed critical thinking.