Doubting god: what new study shows

15 Jun

So…  I usually like John King.  But I think that this story is presented in a completely biased manner.  There’s a new study that shows that in people under thirty doubt in the existence of god is rising.  In 2007, 83% of “millennials”say they never doubted the existence of god.  In 2012, 68% say they never doubted.  Possibly a significant drop since no other generation showed a change of more than 2% in the past five years.  Read more about the study here.

Now look.  I think that there may be other ways to interpret the study.  What exactly do people interpret as “doubt?”  But the drop in five years is quite significant in my opinion.  So what does CNN do?  In the all-too-common media circus where they pit one side against another, they have one interviewee… Stephen Prothero a Religion professor from Boston University.  Fine.  Ok.  But some of the comments he makes I think are kind of…well, ridiculous.

First of all the percentage of Millennials who are atheist is very unlikely to be the 3% which he quotes.  When asked in a different way, “Are you atheist, agnostic, or have no religion,” some studies cite that as many of 20% of Millennials claim to identify as such.

Furthermore, his tone in that sentence, specifically when he says a “secularization problem” is laughable.  When did secular become a bad word.  I find this so much in everyday life.  Religious, especially highly religious people, think secular means “evil, amoral, misguided.”  This is simply not true.  A secular state is one which separates church and state.  That’s it, IMHO.

And then the comments that religion is “changing, becoming more sophisticated, and just growing up.”  How do you get that from increasing doubt??  How is religion becoming more sophisticated exactly?  The whole nun debacle?  Completely mismanaging the priesthood who molest little boys and girls?  Yeah.  The church is growing up.  For sure.

Sorry CNN.  I just think you got this one dead wrong.

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Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Atheism, Politics, Religion, Skepticism


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