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June 12th, 2012
04:49 PM ET

Pew survey: Doubt of God growing quickly among millennials

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – The percentage of Americans 30 and younger who harbor some doubts about God’s existence appears to be growing quickly, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. While most young Americans, 68%, told Pew they never doubt God’s existence, that’s a 15-point drop in just five years.

In 2007, 83% of American millennials said they never doubted God’s existence.

More young people are expressing doubts about God now than at any time since Pew started asking the question a decade ago. Thirty-one percent disagreed with the statement “I never doubt the existence of God,” double the number who disagreed with it in 2007.

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When asked about doubts of God, no other generation showed a change of more than 2% in the past five years.

The survey found that the percentage of millennials who identify with a religion is remaining constant, while most other generations have seen religious identification increase in the past 10 years.

The findings about millennials and religion were part of a 168-page report that Pew released June 4 but were largely overlooked.

“Notably, people younger than 30 are substantially less likely than older people to say prayer is an important part of their lives,” the report said.

“Research on generational patterns shows that this is not merely a lifecycle effect,” it continued. “The Millennial generation is far less religious than were other preceding generations when they were the same age years ago.”

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The findings are part of Pew’s 2012 American Values Survey, which touches on issues including political partisanship, gay marriage and abortion.

Despite the findings on millennials, the survey shows that the United States continues to be a highly religious nation, with most Americans identifying with a particular faith.

Seventy-six percent of all respondents said prayer is an important part of their lives and agreed that “we all will be called before god at the Judgment Day to answer for our sins.” About 80% said they have never doubted the existence of God.

The report points to a growing divide between the youngest and oldest Americans on belief, religion and social issues.

According to Jesse Galef, communications director for the Secular Student Alliance, the growth in “doubting” youths has led to a surge in secular student groups.

“For a lot of millennial atheists, they are expecting to find a group, they are coming to campus, and if they don’t find one, they are starting one,” Galef said. “This is completely different than what other generations grew up with.”

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The Secular Student Alliance has affiliates on 357 American campuses, Galef said, up from 81 such affiliates in 2007.

Galef says the Internet has created a place for young people to discuss religious doubts.

“It enables anybody to have open discussions without fearing if their parents would find out or what their communities would say,” he said. "The more safe places we create for young people to discuss their doubts, the more they can inspire questions in others."

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Atheism • Polls

soundoff (4,013 Responses)
  1. thegadfly

    This is all so stupid. I've figured it all out. It's really not that difficult. Google "Max Tegmark" and "Julian Jaynes". If you can't keep up, let me cut to the chase: Life is an illusion, and for you, it ends when you die.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
    • kerfluffle

      I am excited for what lies beyond, be it as a fertilizer, or something that string theorists haven't imagined into existence yet!

      June 12, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • Mike

      If life is an illusion why should you care about this post? You should not worry nothing we are saying is real. Wait what you are saying isn't real neither.

      June 12, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • kerfluffle

      Every time a 'christian' uses a double negative, the little baby jesus weeps.

      June 12, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
  2. DavidS

    While what's in the Bible might or might not have any validity, one thing is certain in my mind: the religious right, with all their hate and heavy-handedness, falls on the WRONG side of what Jesus is said to have said in the 23rd chapter of Matthew ("Woe to you scribes and pharisees..."). Jesus is said to have argued against holier-than-thou people who made up rules based on "God may be offended", which decreased rather than increased people's well-being. The religious right of the time said "hey, these are God's rules, not ours", and were heavy-handed in getting their opinions shoved down the throats of everyone else. Their objective was power. The religious right is betting the farm that what's in the Bible is incorrect, doesn't apply to them, or can be twisted to mean the opposite of what it says.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
  3. Steven Brown

    Once you get past all the mythology of the Bible, belief in God actually becomes easier.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • QS

      Funny....I had the exact opposite reaction!

      June 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • yaa

      68% is still a lot of people...atheists need to do more

      June 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
    • kerfluffle

      Atheists needn't do a damned thing. This isn't a popularity contest.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  4. thegadfly

    I'm going to start a religion based on the sayings of Captain Jack Sparrow. Starting with, "There's what a man can do, and what he can't."

    June 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • kerfluffle

      Different Capt., but he can be an apostle, yes? "Here's to swimmin' with bow-legged women". Amen.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      sorry, pirates already worship the great FSM.

      all hail the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

      Ramen.

      June 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
  5. Atheist

    If nothing can be created without a creator, then what created God? Contemplate that one, stupid.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      They just fall back on the special pleading fallacy and claim god didn't need to be created.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      It's also a violation of occam's razor.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • phil

      nothing physical was created without being created by someone,that someone being GOD. Is a divine being with eternal life created? what is spirit made of? how can we know ? we cannot hardly comprehend he physical existence we have ,and to attempt to comprehend something far more complex and infinite than us is futile at best.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • kerfluffle

      @phil–sorry pal, your intellectual limitations do not translate to me. Wallow in the swill of your own inadequacies. I can work it out just fine.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  6. Truth

    More people admitting they no longer believe in a magical imaginary man in the sky?
    You don't say.....

    June 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  7. atomD21

    Why is it that we all feel the need to attack one another? Christians, how are you showing God's love (which is what you should be doing at all times, according to the Bible) by calling Atheists names and insisting they're going to hell? Jesus spent his time doing good, not trying to be "right" and being a jerk about it. Atheists, don't you see you're just fueling the fire here? For every "stop believing in fairy tales" statement, you're just further cementing the picture of the "angry atheist." I understand no one wants to be mocked and let it go, but attacking each other is pointless... Personally, I'd rather work together with people from all walks of life to fix this world we all share.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • FoodForThought

      Well said.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
    • QS

      I'm happy to oblige in the cementing of the "angry Atheist".....we have plenty to be angry about.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  8. Eli

    Most atheists believe that the universe was created by chance.

    Let's illustrate what "chance" is. Chance is the selection of a chimpanzee out of the jungle, placing him in front of a computer, and expecting him to write the next New York Times bestselling novel based on the random buttons he presses on the keyboard. Clearly, the atheist argument of “chance” is flawed since there is no “chance” that this can ever happen.

    God is real because the watch is evidence of the watchmaker. Contemplate that for a while. Try practicing patience and tolerance for those who have beliefs that are different than yours. God bless you.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • LOL Religion

      Thank for demonstrating your ignorance of atheism AND cosmology so succinctly.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • Brett

      Yeah, but you obviously believe God was created by chance, since God has no creator. 🙂

      June 12, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
    • sam stone

      Eli: By what authority do you speak for "most atheists"?

      June 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • sam stone

      Also, Eli, how do you make the logical leap from a creator to a "God"?

      June 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • JJ

      Only creationists think that evolution is 'chance'. It is the exact opposite of chance. It is simply the application of probability over millions of years. And it works pretty darn well. This idiotic' 747' argument is so easily refuted that it needs to be retired, and yet I keep hearing it over and over.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
    • Aaron

      @Eli – I am atheist. I don't believe in ghosts. That's it. What are some other things that I am? I am a freethinker, and a secular humanist. I am an avid PC gamer, and a homebrewer. I am a Libertarian (Anarchist in Europe). I support the current scientific understanding of the Theory of Evolution. There aren't any gods, there never have been and never will be any vampires, djinn, faeries, ancestors. etc.

      "I believe in gravity." is a sloppy way of saying "I support the current scientific understanding of the Theory of Gravity."

      Evolution isn't chance, well there is chance involved with how external pressures occur and change (climate, catastrophic event, food supply), it's a theory that describes how species change over time due to natural selection. Which is observable by anyone, and understandable by all. A beautiful and elegant theorem which explains reality in the simplest terms without the need for myths or magic. Some of Charles Darwin's assumptions have been proven wrong or have needed adjusting. Through constant debate, dialogue, study and evidence collection the Theory of Evolution has only grown stronger and more able in the 150+ years since we credit the first publication of a theory that was really murmuring beneath the surface for hundreds, even thousands of years. Why did it take so long? Read up on the fate of the Library of Alexandria...

      This is often confusing in the creationist, science doubting scene. What you are describing is abiogenesis. How did life arise from what we know to have been an inorganic chemical soup 4 billion years ago. This is truly more contested territory, we're still not sure, we haven't found sufficient evidence for a complete answer here. The important point is that we keep searching. Giving up and saying it is magic or grovelling before fictional tyrannical cloud monsters is so obviously immature that I often wonder if people really believe in fairy tales or if they know full well the truth but are just in the club or whatever.

      There is no reason why the Universe resembles a watch any more than it does a baby kangaroo, and the same question can be asked of any god. And a watch is manufactured out of other materials, while the case with the Universe is unclear.

      The big bang, abiogenesis, evolution, gravity, light, atoms and the whole of mainstream science provides us, humans, with the best understanding of what's really going on! The gods you might imagine are now bigger than universes and farther away than infinity....

      June 12, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
  9. FoodForThought

    "I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."...Stephen F Roberts

    June 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • Wayne Hinkel

      Excellent reasoning!

      June 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • MissouriBoy

      Exactly. Why are Thor, Zeus, Athena, and the many Hindu gods all studied as mythology, yet the Christian god is not mythology?

      June 12, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
  10. boomersheart

    We cannot have a nation at all when it has no moral foundation. Take away it's customs, beliefs and common language, and you destroy the nation. When non-believers rule the world do you truly think there will be a beautiful world? Religion is not the enemy, self-gratification, greed, and pride are the real enemy. All those screaming against God are as intolerant as those who are extremely religious. There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to a system of belief that helps someone make it through life.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • Brett

      There is no God. Deal with it. We all have to figure out our morals and our problems for ourselves. No celestial being is going to hold your hand and fix things for you. Sorry.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Pam

      What moral foundation? Bigotry, Ignorance, Prejudice? Religion was made up by the Catholic Church as a way to control people. They HAD to make Jesus a supernatural being so that their religion could win over the masses. And bah, bah, bah, here comes all the little sheep in a row. Maybe you should check out history and open your mind instead of only believing what you were brainwashed to believe. I'm not an atheist because I don't know what's out there and neither do you, no matter how you blather on.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • mike

      All completely irrelevant. it's NOT real, stop pretending.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
    • JJ

      Since when does religion=morality? In many ways, a rigid religious dogma gets in the way of doing what your heart tells you is right. I think it's great that so many young people are choosing to make their own decisions, rather than having opinions forced down their throats.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • QS

      "When non-believers rule the world do you truly think there will be a beautiful world?"

      Well, we've seen what religion ruling the world has gotten us, may as well give the non-believers our shot! 🙂

      June 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • JWT

      There certainly is no one-size fits all and that includes god, some people it helps, some it does not, but we each have the freedom to make our own choice in the matter.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • atomD21

      boomer... self gratification, greed, and pride are the very things driving the modern church. We stopped focusing on helping others and started making sure we attack women going into clinics, legislate our religious beliefs to marginalize whole segments of the population, and we spend more time and money on tearing others down than building the world up. I contend that the "friendship with the world" that is "enmity with God" is not what the church teaches, but it is exactly what the church is doing. We allow children to starve, but make sure our churches have multimillion dollar A/V systems. We are guided by our selfish desires, rather than the selflessness demonstrated by Christ. That is true evil, and the church is right in the thick of things. We cannot follow the command to love our neighbor if we are picking and choosing who is worthy of love. The sooner we realize that Jesus was showing and telling us to treat all people equally and accept them as they are, the sooner we will get past this pointless crusade against whoever we've deemed bad this week. I apologize to all those who read this that have been hurt by the selfish actions of those that claim to be followers of Christ.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
  11. Peteyroo

    Unicorns, leprechauns, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Jesus, God–all myths and absolute nonsense.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
  12. scientology prevails

    John Travolta is in the lead.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
  13. GodFreeNow

    Enjoy easy answers? Religion is the place for you.
    Excited by uncomfortable questions? Come join us in the wonderful world of science.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Christians can't help it you have no eyes to see nor ears to hear His truth. He's already written "So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen." Sounds to me that there will be a lot of zapping going down, down, down.

      All your attempts to discredit Jesus Christ is worthless garble only you that spew this babble that love and follow satan's lies believe.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @HeavenSent

      And it is not the fault of the non-believer that you have based your worldview on logical fallacies, contradictory statements, and hateful rhetoric.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      @HeavenSent, I have to repeat this frequently, but most atheist were christians at one point. I was in a xtian school for 13 years and a baptist church for 18. I bought into the whole story and also thought myself special and having some unique ability to discern the mind or teachings of god. To be honest, it felt good and safe, so I understand your attraction to it. However, nothing I've found in life can compare to the peace and joy I found when I let go of "childish things" and became a man by accepting reality. You find that you don't have to make things up to be happy. Love and joy and wonder are all around you. Adding fairies to the equation isn't going to make anything more amazing than it already is.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  14. LWZRGHT

    Any religious person who has never doubted God's existence is feeble minded. I believe in God. But I have doubted. There's only even a handful of characters in the Bible who never doubted. T

    his is really a poll that proves that younger people are better at answering polls. And it proves that pollers are good at asking deceptive questions that pigeonhole people into an answer when people who answer opposite ways might have a lot in common.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • Eric G

      Another interesting statistic. 50% of the population is dumber than average.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      You followers of satan are like clockwork with the insults ...

      Ad hominem: An ad hominem argument, also known as argumentum ad hominem (Latin, literally "argument against the person") or attacking the messenger, involves replying to an argument or assertion by attacking the person presenting the argument or assertion rather than the argument itself. It is usually, though not always, a logical fallacy....
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ―

      June 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • kerfluffle

      And 50% of the population is incapable of perceiving and/or comprehending satire.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
  15. Bayousara

    I see no point in athiests advertising their positions on religion, and the same with religious organizations. Religion is personal. While I don't believe in anything supernatural, I do wonder how everything came to pass, but humankind is not intelligent enough to understand it. Just try to enjoy life as we know it, let others also enjoy. We don't need all the religious noise.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      How can something be only personal when it is used to instigate wars, define lifestyle choices for others, and mandate control over another person's body?

      June 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • LOL Religion

      Religion stops being something that involves just the believer when it starts stepping on my toes. When it gets involved in politics, or is used as tool by terrorists – you're damned right I'm going to make my position on religion quite vocal and try to bring people closer to reason.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • Eric G

      We may not have all the answers yet, but we are making progress. The difference is this, science does not claim to have all the answers, religion does.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Eric G, science tries to uncover Jesus' truth. Without Jesus, scientists are out of a job (LOL)

      June 12, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @HeavenSent

      You know nothing about science, so you have no credibility in talking about it. How old is the world again HS? Still think it's close to 10,000 years? What happened to if it's not in the bible it isn't true?

      June 12, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
  16. Bootyfunk

    Greg wrote:
    You don't believe in the bible, But the bible foretold the birth of Christ 1500 years before he was born, no one then believed that, It foretold the rebirth of Israel, It foretold the decline of Christianity and the rise of the natural man thats you Bootyfunk, so for those who believe the Bible, Not to be confused with the Church, You Bootyfunk are proof of prophecy in motion. Of course you dont see that, you see it all as foolishness, And the bible fortold that as well! All of these atheists on this forum who are expressing there glee at the fall of Christianity is just fuel to the fire of those who have read and studied prophecy. Ill give you one little piece of prophecy to stick under your hat just for grins, The Bible foretold the complete destruction of Damascus, Of course its still there right now, Its the oldest continuous city in the world, But the old Bible says one of these days in the span of one night it will be reduced to rubble, no one will survive, no one will ever live there again. It says Israel will do this deed, so if you ever see Damascus go up in a poof of nuclear smoke, that old book of lies predicted that 3500 years ago.

    few problems with what you said, Greg...

    there is no good evidence Jesus ever existed; for an example of myth, pls see Her.cules, another demi-god who's father is king sky god.

    Jesus has 2 genealogies in the bible. unfortunately, they don't match, which means one has to be wrong. funny thing is, they are both wrong. they both trace non-matching genealogies to Joseph. he didn't even have s.ex with his v.irgin bride, so he's definitely not the father and didn't pass his bloodline to Jesus. god knocked her up.

    since Jesus is traced from David through Joseph, and Joseph isn't really Jesus' father, the foretold prophesies don't really come through, do they?

    he's a little secret – Dama.sc.us still stands, so that's not a point for your side proving prophecies come true. kind of a point for my side. lol.

    in the bible, Jesus prophesied that he would come back before some of his apostles tasted death - but he was wrong. they died. he didn’t come back. nineteen hundred, seventy five years and counting - haven't seen him.

    prophesies are always v.ague, so that the weak-minded can insert their superst.ition within and see what they want to see. you are a prime example.

    grow up. be an adult. put away the fairy tales and realize it was your parents working hard that got you those xmas presents, not some fat man in a red suit.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      Jesus is in the backyard playing with the unicorns.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • Izoto

      Most modern historians would agree Jesus existed. At the very least, he existed. To the point that even the acclaimed Richard Dawkins, who's far smarter then you, who claimed Jesus didn't exist, took it back in a debate and renounced his claim– he was literally fumbling over his words and said he should of never said that, you can search it on youtube, he lost that debate. Jesus' divinity, however, is what's really up for debate.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • Mike

      Waoo bootyfunk hardly no scholar even liberals would try to make the case that Jesus didn't existed not even someone like Bart Erman.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      funkybooty, you need to read Matthews when Jesus told us "So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen."

      Meaning, all your attempts to discredit Jesus Christ is worthless garble only you that spew this babble believe and will fry for it if you don't smarten up, repent, ask Jesus for forgiveness, the sin no more.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      wrong. there are plenty of scholars who don't agree that jesus lived. present your evidence. the only 'evidence' is the bible - a book that has talking donkeys and snakes. that's hardly evidence. there is no good proof jesus ever existed. if there is - please show it to me. must be easy to find on the web.

      June 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
    • Izoto

      I forgot to say, any scholars worth talking about for the most part. I'm not gonna bother with proof, even the mighty Dawkins sides with me on this. He existed.

      Anyway, I can tell you're one of those annoying, self-important atheists, who delude themselves with this idea that they're top of the world in terms of intellect. Have fun with that. It's best not to argue about God with a non-believer with a hardened heat, at least, not when they're of the annoying kind. In short, it's a waste to argue with you. Hopefully others realize that as well.

      June 12, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
  17. mac101

    Religion is the search for god – spirituality is the presence of god. I have yet to find an organized religion worth my time and trouble and have found several I would love to see abandoned by the human race, but my private and personal search for a spiritual connection to something larger than myself continues with enthusiasm.

    To paraphrase Tina Turner – what's god got to do with it?

    June 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

      John 14:6

      Amen.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
  18. Mike

    I say atheism is a religion

    1. They have their own worldview. Materialism (the view that the material world is all there is)
    2They have their own orthodoxy. Orthodoxy is a set of beliefs acceptable to a faith community
    3They have their own brand of apostasy. Apostasy is to abandon one’s former religious faith. Antony Flew was for many years one of the world’s most prominent atheists.
    4.They have their own prophets: Nietzsche, Russell, Feuerbach, Lenin, Marx.
    5.They have their own preachers and evangelists. And boy, are they “evangelistic.” Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, and Hitchens
    6.They have faith. Evolution has no explanation for why our universe is orderly, predictable, measurable. In fact (atheistic) evolutionary theory has no rational explanation for why there is such a thing as rational explanation.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      And I say you are terribly misinformed.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • Peteyroo

      I guess I'm religious afterall. Who'd a thunk it?

      June 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      Wow mike ... willful ignorance at its most blatant. There is so much wrong with your post there isn't the space to cover it here.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      You say it, and others have as well. It's still not true, but what do people like you care about evidence. I won't waste my time trying to explain it to you.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • CN

      *yawn* mike. the order and splendor of the universe AT MOST defends the deist position. it doesn't in the least suggest that this god wants us to take sunday off, not eat pork, thinks marriage should be between a man and a woman, in fact, feels quite strongly that all physical congress be between two married individuals, doesn't like it when guys sheath their reproductive anatomy in plastic, backs us in the war, or any other such nonsense.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • LOL Religion

      Can't tell if trolling or actually that stupid.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • thegadfly

      I agree with your conclusion, if not with your specific points. So... when do we get our tax exempt status?

      June 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • kerfluffle

      You have no idea as to what you are speaking.

      I understand the worldview of a 'christian'.

      You are incapable of perceiving the world, unfettered by the chains of fantasy.

      As is the norm, it is easier to mock what one does not understand, than to transcend one's ignorance.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • Lilith

      There is one thing I believe without a doubt .... Mike is the result of deep indoctrination.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • junior

      I could not agree more.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
    • Insomniak79

      What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • mikeinmn

      It's unfortunate that you've been indoctrinated into the faith that doesn't allow you to question your own existence. Blind allegiance leads to a lot of bad places just as your faith says non-belief does.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • thegadfly

      As a matter of fact, I disagree with every single one of your individual points.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • cybercmdr

      If atheism is a religion, it differs from other religions in several respects. First, atheists tend to be evidence based. That is, they decline to believe in things for which there is no verifiable evidence. Second, atheists tend to feel free to debate the merits of each others views, and the results of the debates are based on who has the most supportable arguments (based on evidence). Other religions (e.g. Christianity), debate based on who can cite the most versions from their holy books to support their argument. That is not proof. Finally, while there are notable people in the atheist movement that atheists tend to follow in terms of what they write or say, they do not "follow" them as Christians do prophets. Instead, if one of those notables makes a statement that is not supportable, contrary to evidence, or contrary to reasonable social codes of behavior, atheists will loudly debate/criticize that notable based on the merits of the statement. In other words, atheists think independently and deeply. Not a good model if you are trying to start a religion. Religion is for followers, not free-thinkers.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Non believers have no eyes to see nor ears to hear His truth.

      He's already written "So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen."

      All your attempts to discredit Jesus Christ is worthless garble only you that spew this babble believe.

      If I were an atheist ... I'd repent, ask Jesus for forgiveness, then sin no more ... but, atheists rather throw their souls to the abyss and argue with His truth.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
  19. Roscoe Chait

    If God has anything to do with the wanton killing on this planet and the astonishing suffering, I want nothing to do with him... or her... or it.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Everything is Jesus' ballpark ... you can take your bat and ball and try to hide.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
  20. John

    I do not have a religious faith, but I had an intensely and solid education that included religion. I can tell you this, but nothing more: shun anyone who says they understand god more than you do yourself. If you WERE created by intent, your creator has it within themself to communicate directly to your heart. NOBODY is qualified to step between you and your creator to interpret their meaning. You know what is right, or reasonable, all by yourself, without paying some clown money to tell you.. Go with basics, like do to others what you would like yourself, and you cannot be going wrong. And oh, if YOUR 'god' needs constant subservience and praise, you are dealing with a sick puppy.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • kerfluffle

      I am going to use that, start a cult, make bank, abuse children, and weep crocodile tears for the masses.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
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