Poll: Americans' Belief in God Is Strong--But Declining

Discussion in 'Free Speech Alley' started by mancha, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. mancha

    mancha Alabama morghulis

    I'm in the minority on most of these things.

    --72 percent believe in miracles, down from 79 percent in 2005 Thanks alot Obama!

    --68 percent believe in heaven, down from 75 percent;

    --68 percent believe that Jesus is God or the Son of God, down from 72 percent;

    --65 percent believes in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, down from 70 percent;

    --64 percent believe in the survival of the soul after death, down from 69 percent;

    --58 percent believe in the devil and hell, down from 62 percent;

    --57 percent believe in the Virgin birth, down from 60 percent.

    The same poll also found that belief in Darwin's theory of evolution increased to 47 percent, up from 42 percent in 2005.

    And it shows that 42% of Americans believe in ghosts (especially younger people), 36% each believe in creationism and UFOs, 29% believe in astrology, 26% believe in witches and 24% believe in reincarnation – that they were once another person.

    Other findings:

    -- Absolute certainty that there is a God is down vs. 10 years ago (54 percent vs. 66 percent in 2003).

  2. Cajun Sensation

    Cajun Sensation I'm kind of a big deal Staff Member

    It's times like this that I miss martin.

    He would jump in this thread and say that Jesus is his favorite wizard.
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  3. Cajun Sensation

    Cajun Sensation I'm kind of a big deal Staff Member

    I find it staggering that only 47% of people believe in Darwin's theory of evolution.

    Yeah, science!

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  4. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

  5. LaSalleAve

    LaSalleAve when in doubt, mumble

    Don't believe in God, Don't not believe in God. Want to believe in God though.... Just doesn't seem plausible.
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  6. Frogleg

    Frogleg Registered Best

    Quantum Mechanics needs God in the universe. The Quantum wave function describes the existence of all probabilities of a system until an observer makes it collapse into one state. To make a long story short, God push the button on the Big Bang Bomb.
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  7. LSUpride123

    LSUpride123 Boobies make everything A OK!!!

    How do we feel right and wrong within our being?

    I do not believe in religion, but I do believe in God. Seems silly all of this started from nothing. Then again, where did God come from.....
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  8. Winston1

    Winston1 Senior Member

    This is pretty close to my belief it would be nice but I have never felt a presence. Religions are man's creation to explain and give comfort but they have all of mankind's failings. Maybe I'll be like Voltaire and be baptized on my death bed just in case.
  9. Contained Chaos

    Contained Chaos Don't we all?

    I believe in god, just not in the sense that he's involved in anyway whatsoever with what goes on on in our lives. For example, when someone says they're "blessed" for some reason, then, to me, that means the person who didn't get that advantage was forsaken. I don't feel like you can have one without the other, so I believe in neither. I believe in good fortune and luck, which are completely random. I've seen great people have terrible, awful luck, and terrible people have phenomenal luck. Don't sit there and tell me how "blessed" you are to be born into a fortunate situation while some other poor kid is born into an awful life with deadbeat parents and into an environment of violence and desperation. You didn't choose to be born into your situation. That being said, those who are fortunate should be humble and should be deeply appreciative of what they've been given, rather than condemning people with whom they cannot begin to relate.

    Organized religion, by and large, misses the point of Jesus' message and what so frequently is touted as "the word of God". Too much focus on self-righteousness and condemnation of others. But the new pope really seems to have the right idea, and I'm hopeful that he's successful in getting his message across. He's definitely a breath of fresh air.
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2013

    LSUMASTERMIND Veteran Member

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