Coming Out Atheist, pg 245

“Another piece of good news: You are part of the most secular generation in history. There are almost certainly lots of other atheist students at your school, even if you don’t know it yet. You know how I keep telling people throughout this book that if they come out as atheists, there’s a good chance that other atheists will start coming out of the woodwork? If you’re a student, multiply that chance by at least two or three. (About 5-15% of Americans don’t believe in God, depending on which poll you look at. For Americans under 35, that number jumps to 36%.) And even your fellow students who aren’t atheists are more likely to be familiar and comfortable with atheism than older folks. If for no other reason, they’re more likely to live large parts of their lives on the Internet – and atheism is all over the Internet.”

–Greta Christina, Coming Out Atheist, pg 245


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  1. @OP- If you’re a student, multiply that chance by at least two or three. (About 5-15% of Americans don’t believe in God, depending on which poll you look at. For Americans under 35, that number jumps to 36%.)

    Numbers of Nonbelievers have increased since 2005, according to the OP and this linked chart!

    http://www.atheistrepublic.com/tables/top-20-atheist-agnostic-countries

    Top 20 Ranked Countries With Highest Atheist / Agnostic Population – Source: Zuckerman, 2005

    USA Population 293,028,000 Nonbelievers 3 – 9%
    Number of Atheists/Agnostics Nonbelievers 8,790,840 – 26,822,520

    See link for other countries.

  2. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/maps-and-graphics/most-religious-countries-in-the-world/

    Mapped: The world’s most (and least) religious countries

    High levels of religiosity correlates quite closely with backwardness! – with over 95% religious population in the most educationally backward!

    As the map demonstrates, the most religious regions are Africa and the Middle East, with south-east Asia and Latin America not far behind. Faith is important to many southern European countries too, with 74 per cent of Italians and 71 per cent of Greek claiming to feel religious.

    Poland stands out against the rest of Europe, with 86 per cent answering “yes” to the poll;

    Paraguay would appear to be South America’s most religious country.

    The 20 least religious countries

    China - 7% feel religious
    Japan - 13%
    Estonia - 16%
    Sweden - 19%
    Norway - 21%
    Czech Republic - 23%
    Hong Kong - 26%
    Netherlands - 26%
    Israel - 30%
    United Kingdom - 30%
    New Zealand - 33%
    Australia - 34%
    Azerbaijan - 34%
    Belarus - 34%
    Cuba - 34%
    Germany - 34%
    Vietnam - 34%
    Spain - 37%
    Switzerland - 38%
    Albania - 39% (three other countries -
    Austria, Hungary and Luxembourg - also returned a result of 39%)

  3. david.graf.589 #3
    Jul 11, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    I’m not so sure this is grounds for celebration. Being an atheist says nothing about their position on other issues.

    It does usually say something about their position on irrational beliefs derived through “faith” and based on dogmas!

    There are some very notable differences in standards of living and standards of life, between theocracies and secular states with a high proportion of atheists in the population and in the governments.

  4. phil rimmer – I do not think that it is possible for any of us to have a truly “clean start”. We are influenced by what came before us and those around us.

  5. Alan4discussion – wouldn’t you agree that irrational beliefs are not the sole monopoly of religious believers? Take, for instance, communism. However, we both agree that secular states are far preferable to theocracies. In my opinion, the worst thing that could ever happen to Christianity would be the putting into power of a so-called “Christian America”. And by way of disclosure, I am an evangelical Christian who values science. I make no claims to be a saint.

  6. david.graf.589 #7
    Jul 12, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Alan4discussion – wouldn’t you agree that irrational beliefs are not the sole monopoly of religious believers? Take, for instance, communism.

    The dogmatic political and other ideologies with unthinking faithful followers, certainly bear a close relationship to fundamentalist religions.
    (Climate change denial, evolution denial, the thoughts of Chaiman Mao, belief in Stalin or Hitler, anti-vaxxers, and the twitterings of Chairman Trump, come to mind)

    The flaw is in the uncritical thinking process leading to acceptance of information on “faith” (belief without evidence or proof), rather than being open to scientific reviews and objective updates based on material evidence.

    The problem with faith-thinking, is that believers can arrive at opposite views on the same subject, depending on the strength of the “faith” in the face of conflicting evidence: – with some claiming the doctrines are “fundamental” and others claiming they are “rhetorical”!

    We are seeing a situation like that in relation to intersex and transgender individuals at present, as clear scientific evidence emerges on what has been for years, a hidden issue with bullying victim blaming.

    https://richarddawkins.net/2017/07/rhode-island-approves-ban-on-conversion-therapy/#li-comment-223616

  7. The second problem of “faith-thinking” is in attempts to fudge faith-beliefs with scientific evidence”!
    Objective evidence of real-world phenomena, does not do “fudge”. Fudged science with bits of dogma mixed in, does not work in the real world, and so becomes pseudo-science!

    However, – Progress towards recognising realities is welcome.

    https://www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/news/2017/07/welcoming-transgender-people.aspx
    Welcoming Transgender People – 09 July 2017

  8. david.

    I do not think that it is possible for any of us to have a truly “clean start”. We are influenced by what came before us and those around us.

    But that is the whole point. You should be influenced by all the realities of living and experience. I trust people with experience of realities I may not be heir to to aid in our moral mutual negotiations. But those who could benefit with a low level dose of SSRI’s to calm their imagination are a substantial danger to themselves and others in this task. Knowing that folk may always having a tendency to this stuff is a reality to factor in, but not the stuff itself amplified only by our natural suggestibility.

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