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February 7th, 2013
11:17 PM ET

What happened to God in America?

CNN's Carol Costello reports on the growing number of Americans who don't believe in God.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Atheism • United States

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    3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

    March 13, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
  5. KH

    America was founded upon the Puritan (Christian) values of the providence and hard work. In the 1600's, thousands of Puritans flocked to the continent in the "Great Migration". The Puritans sought a place where they could practice their religion freely. To say God was never in America is absurd. Until the influence of the transcendental optimists in the mid 19th century, America thought revolved around Godly values.

    February 28, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
    • javafrenzy

      America wasn't founded on Puritan values. Puritans came to the continent, as an English colony...America wasn't founded until after the revolt.

      March 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
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  7. CR

    Considering that the majority of the Founding Fathers were slave-holding plantation owners, I would like to attempt to answer the question as follows:

    God was never in America, and if he was, he left long before Europeans landed on the continent.

    February 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
  8. Mystyk

    @EndReligion just more false assumptions and blasphemy against the Lord God Almighty. No need to pay any attention because they have heard the truth and seen prophecy after prophecy fulfilled and still deny the Lord

    February 13, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
    • John

      A hello from God is the best... but they don't want to know.

      February 13, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
    • laststonecarver

      I am guessing that you have read in your Special Book, the story of the Tower of Babel, and how that would apply to ANY religion. Your God has told you.
      What you perceive is because of who you are. What you eat is what you are.
      Bottom line, eat healthy, to grow a strong body and mind.
      Become alive to the perception of your environment.

      February 14, 2013 at 7:04 am |
    • End Religion

      Christianity: The belief that a Cosmic Jewish Zombie, who is his own Father, can make you live forever, if you symbolically eat his flesh and drink his blood, while telepathically telling him that you accept him as your Master, so that he can remove an evil force from your soul, which is present in all humanity because a woman made out of one rib bone and a mound of dirt was tricked into eating fruit from a magical tree by a talking snake.

      February 25, 2013 at 4:36 am |
  9. laststonecarver

    I remembered the saying, 'What you eat is what you are', and then thought, wait a sec...
    Maybe it is something that we consume that makes us Atheists or Religious.
    Maybe it is something our mind consumes that makes us Religious or Atheists.
    Maybe it is just brain chemicals, which have been stimulated by inter-relationship with our environment, and those that inhabit or environment.
    A quick study on this, may be to ascertain, how you feel when someone on this board says something that you agree with. Warm and fuzzy? Yeah, hmmmm, warm and fuzzy.
    If you read these blogs enough, you can start to see the minds created, by certain consumptions, by strict diets, by variations of Mind Food.
    I think today, I would like to order the house special.
    Maybe that will help my mind grow agile and strong.

    February 12, 2013 at 6:53 am |
    • Snickerdoodle

      There's something called the Placebo Effect. Basically, if you think something will heal you, it will. And even if you're told halfway through treatment it's bull, it still works, albeit with reduced effectiveness. This could be an explanation for, quote/unquote "religious experiences."

      September 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
  10. SisterChromatid

    If there was real evidence for souls (or an other type of consciousness without a brain), you could bet scientists would be testing that evidence so they could find out more. Consciousness requires a material brain. All the wishes, prayers, and belief in the world can't change these facts. There are no invisible beings. The ones people believe in are as imaginary as the ones they dismiss as myth. It's time for humanity to move beyond the myths of it's ancestors.

    February 11, 2013 at 11:20 pm |
    • lol??

      An XX should be seen, admired, and silent.

      February 12, 2013 at 12:29 am |
    • laststonecarver

      Consciousness (cognition) requires a mind.
      A brain just controls bodily functions.
      Consider these comparisons:
      The head is the body of the mind.
      The face is the body of thinking.
      The nose is the beholder of Truth.
      The ears are the beholders of thought.
      The eyes are the doorway to the soul.
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      February 12, 2013 at 7:05 am |
  11. GodFreeNow

    "And if angels want to go take a glance at it, who can stop them?"

    Something we like to call "reality."

    February 11, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
    • John

      Your pal Reality couldn't stop an angel, let alone breathe on Mars... or get there.

      February 12, 2013 at 2:14 am |
  12. John

    There is a penny on Mars, it says, and I quote: "In God We Trust"

    It is being driven around on Mars too... God can see it... he can look at it and know we trust him.

    February 11, 2013 at 3:37 am |
    • John

      Interesting, the penny they used is dated 1909, the first year it re-appeared on the coins after it became law in 1908 to put it back on the coins.

      It is there God, and we are driving it around all over the place.

      February 11, 2013 at 4:02 am |
    • Ben

      ... and is it any coincidence that America has been on a steady road downhill ever since that change?

      February 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      Yes, god loves a good shout out on a penny. He must be seriously attention-starved if that interests him. I mean, in all of the cosmos with all it's amazing magnificence, from black holes to nebulae, from the birth of stars and planets to supernovae, from dark matter to dark energy and beyond, god's attention is on a piece of copper being driven around on a rover on a barren rock planet. Are you sure your god isn't really a cat?

      February 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
    • John

      It's interesting because the congress voting for the law in 1908, ended up being heard out to Mars, and it will be remembered for the rest of history, here and on Mars. And if angels want to go take a glance at it, who can stop them?

      February 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm |
    • Johnny Guitar

      So when god feels like he needs a good ass-kissing, he goes to Mars and looks for pennies?

      God's a real dumb-ass!

      February 11, 2013 at 11:22 pm |
    • John

      JG, you have no idea about the incredible nature of God, what he can do. And if NASA needs more pennies to put on the other planets, I have quite a few... pennies with "In God We Trust" being driven all over the solar system... ya, that would be something.

      February 11, 2013 at 11:55 pm |
    • OTOH

      The Fugio Cent, designed by Ben Franklin in 1776, would be a better choice. Its inscription says, "Mind Your Business".

      February 12, 2013 at 12:01 am |
    • OTOH

      p.s. Your "God", according to your "Jesus" would HATE being associated with money.

      February 12, 2013 at 12:02 am |
    • John

      OTOH, the money changers in the temple were not thinking about God at all, they were there to make a profit off the people showing up exchaning their money for the local currency so it could be given to the temple as a gift to help those helping others find God. The money changers needed to clear out of God's house where they should have been thinking about God, and set up shop elsewhere when thinking about money. Now if a penny with God's name on it, is on Mars, and people are thinking about God because of it... excellent! Put God's name all over the solar system.

      February 12, 2013 at 12:26 am |
    • lol??

      Silly games. Now where do I get my 10 cent cup of coffee??

      February 12, 2013 at 12:31 am |
    • John

      Thanks for reminding me to get the coffee...

      February 12, 2013 at 2:18 am |
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