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May 29th, 2013
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Poll: America losing its religion

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) - More than three in four of Americans say religion is losing its influence in the United States, according to a new survey, the highest such percentage in more than 40 years. A nearly identical percentage says that trend bodes ill for the country.

"It may be happening, but Americans don't like it," Frank Newport, Gallup's editor in chief, said of religion's waning influence. "It is clear that a lot of Americans don't think this is a good state of affairs."

According to the Gallup survey released Wednesday, 77% of Americans say religion is losing its influence. Since 1957, when the question was first asked, Americans' perception of religion's power has never been lower.

According to the poll, 75% of Americans said the country would be better off if it were more religious.

The poll doesn't reflect Americans' personal religiosity, such as church attendance, but rather how large events and trends shape shared views, Newport explained.

For example, the sexual revolution, the Vietnam War and the rise of the counterculture fed the perception that religion was on the wane during the late 1960s, he said.

Views of a secularizing America peaked in 1969 and 1970, when 75% of Americans said faith was losing its clout in society. A similar view dominated from 1991-94 and from 2007 to the present.

Americans saw religion increasing its influence in 1957, in 1962 and at a few points during the Reagan presidency in 1980. This number also spiked to its highest point ever - 71% - after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The pollster didn't speculate on the contemporary factors that led to the current views on faith's influence.

Still, the poll numbers are dramatically influenced by church attendance, according to Gallup. More than 90% of people who attend church weekly responded that a more religious America would be positive, compared with 58% of Americans who attended church "less often."

The Gallup poll was conducted via telephone from May 2 to May 7. A total of 1,535 people were sampled for the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • United States

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  1. TheTruth

    Wikipedia - Faith

    Faith is confidence or trust in a person, thing, deity, or in the doctrines or teachings of a religion.

    It is also belief that is not based on proof.

    June 5, 2013 at 8:16 am |
    • Science

      On facts............there fixed it !

      You know Adam and his bone >

      June 5, 2013 at 8:26 am |
    • Science

      The truth.............below .............no fairy in the sky needed !

      The Christian Be Nice article Chad Austin has been tagged/pegged !

      Hey chad the game of life aye ...............and you suck at it !

      Hey faithy...the troll.....all creationists...........chadie too ...............COMEDY GOLD link at bottom of post !!! The pesky meteorites/chondrites = life .........................not the nasty bible. and Adam and his bone. No horn-y red beast needed.......no heaven either..........but they (meteorites) where hot when they where coming in. Life-Producing Phosphorus Carried to Earth by Meteorites June 4, 2013 — Scientists may not know for certain whether life exists in outer space, but new research from a team of scientists led by a University of South Florida astrobiologist now shows that one key element that produced life on Earth was carried here on meteorites. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130604153520.htm http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/23/heaven-for-atheists-pope-sparks-debate/#comments

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      June 5, 2013 at 8:42 am |
    • Colleen Barry

      I have noticed that something great is happening. It seems like the people that do go to church are happy to share and show and be involved with their faith......Great things happen every day with people sharing their love of Faith in the US.
      Church (Faith) is stronger then ever, pro-life understanding is growing, Youth even more active......The many that are active are doing so much praying it shows. Despite current admin and others, like minded against religion and trying to push and promote a more secular society, those involved are now, out of necessity, staying strong and getting stronger in their prayer and actions. "Praise the Lord". I'm Catholic but still love to say "For his Glory", "Praise the Lord", etc. Holy Spirit strong as ever in the people that are active :) Have a Great DAY:), CB P.S. I have also noticed that the darkness promoted the more youth cherish when an adult have a cross on and shows their love of GOD. People will always be drawn to light and positive....Just the beautiful Great way it is. Cheers

      June 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • sam stone

      ."The many that are active are doing so much praying it shows"

      If god is omniscient, isn't praying blasphemous? Presuming you know better than god?

      June 5, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      As suggested by Peter Boghossian, we should replace the word “faith” with “pretending to know things you don’t know." Search YouTube for videos about this definition.

      June 5, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • sam stone

      colleen: how is prayer NOT presuming to know better than god?

      June 5, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • james

      "faith is the assured expectation of things hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld" from Heb.11:1 where we find the explanation of what is compelled by that book and its author.

      June 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
    • Shawn Irwin

      Faith is believing in something you know ain't true. Mark Twain

      June 5, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
  2. TheTruth

    Faith doesn't always mean religious belief.

    Definition of Faith:
    Noun
    1. Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
    2. Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.

    June 5, 2013 at 8:11 am |
    • WASP

      truth: i agree everyone has "faith" in something, hell i have faith or a belief in my doctor that the shot he just gave me is going to heal me, not kill me; but what would i know if it was the latter until it's too late?
      i wouldn't and neither would most folks..............and don't even get me started on the "significant other" you so trustingly lay beside every night completely defenceless in complete faith/belief that they won't do anything to you while you sleep. XD

      we all have faith in something, just not all of us have faith in something we can't see.
      (whispering) "i don't see dead people" XD

      June 5, 2013 at 8:38 am |
    • Illusive

      Faith: A belief contrary or without supporting evidence

      June 6, 2013 at 11:35 am |
    • Science

      GOOD NEWS..............bible is bull sh-it

      HEY TheTruth...... faithy............share with chad and the gang !

      Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell

      Next Showing: June 07 @ 12:45 AM

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      Oldest Primate Fossil Skeleton Found In China

      Seth Borenstein, Associated Press | Jun. 5, 2013, 2:14 PM

      Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/oldest-primate-fossil-skeleton-found-in-china-2013-6#ixzz2VS35T5QS

      Black Holes Abundant Among the Earliest Stars

      June 5, 2013 — By comparing infrared and X-ray background signals across the same stretch of sky, an international team of astronomers has discovered evidence of a significant number of black holes that accompanied the first stars in the universe.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130605190711.htm

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      Together, you and DC Entertainment have raised more than $2 million. This fight can be won. Here’s how.

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      June 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
  3. TheTruth

    Some believe they're better because of their religion.
    That is not just an opinion; it's a prejudice.

    Teach your children well. Teach them to be free of prejudice.

    June 5, 2013 at 8:10 am |
  4. TheTruth

    All men and women were born equal, regardless race or religion.
    No one race is above another. No one religion is above another.

    June 5, 2013 at 8:09 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Correction...All people are born different, with equal rights.
      Celebrate our differences.

      June 5, 2013 at 8:12 am |
    • TheTruth

      All men and women were born equal (in rights), regardless race or religion.
      No one race is above another. No one religion is above another.

      June 5, 2013 at 8:20 am |
  5. TheTruth

    “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that's my religion.”
    ― Abraham Lincoln

    June 5, 2013 at 8:08 am |
  6. 3rddegreeburn

    Come on folks, Evolution is just part of Creation, No creation, no evolution. u know ur a creature, right? so u must have a Creator. Man evolve from monkeys? then why there are still monkeys today? or because man look like monkey? i even saw people who look like Horses, some look like crocodiles.

    June 5, 2013 at 2:32 am |
    • Athy

      You provide a whole new meaning to stupidity.

      June 5, 2013 at 2:56 am |
    • 3rddegreeburn

      i even Heard many Atheists used to say " OH MY GOD."

      June 5, 2013 at 3:14 am |
    • Randy

      u knows, some also say "Holly sh!t"

      June 5, 2013 at 8:33 am |
    • The real Tom

      3rd, why are you fundies so damn dumb? Doesn't your church approve of using the brain your god allegedly gave you?

      June 5, 2013 at 8:37 am |
    • WASP

      @real tom: now be fair most of us atheists started from where they are right now, so we know they don't encourage use of brains; only fear and self loathing.

      June 5, 2013 at 8:45 am |
    • Randy

      u know, u should read a 6th grade biology textbook and get the facts. u know, public school ban books of creationism - so glad.

      June 5, 2013 at 8:50 am |
    • topcat

      man did not come from monkeys. the first small primate branched out into different areas. those branches turned into different creatures. some turned into monkeys. one branch turned into the great apes ( humans included).
      use evidence and critical thinking. not stories about stories from the bronze ages.

      June 7, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
  7. Pam

    Wow, a lot of opinions, but where are the facts? Where is the objective, verifiable evidence in support of the claims being made? Faith and religion are my primary topics. The popular definition of faith is not valid (using Google search dictionaries). What is defined as faith is really hope or blind faith. No one really ever operates on blind faith – that is, faith that has no material evidence in support of the hope. Those who are interested in seeking truth with an open mind might enjoy my blog. I have already decided to follow this one.

    June 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm |
  8. Just Call Me Lucifer

    @Honest Reality...

    FACT: No god has ever been on earth. Prove me wrong.

    FACT: Christians believe the Buybull is the word of god.

    FACT: You're afraid of the dark.

    June 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
  9. Rishkin

    America is losing its religion? It is also getting fatter, lazier, and stupider.

    June 4, 2013 at 9:40 am |
    • james

      wow! someone who actually has his or her eyes open.

      June 4, 2013 at 10:28 am |
    • Jim

      If you look at most of western Europe, they are much healthier (physically and socially), have far less crime and are far less religious. In fact, the factors determining the social health of a country are inversely proporational the intensity of religious beliefs in the country. That is, the less people are religious the better the country's social health.

      June 4, 2013 at 10:37 am |
    • Science

      No it is not but...............Hey chadie look what Isabell found ..............chad is the king and queen of trolls

      An 'Extinct' Frog Makes a Comeback in Israel

      June 4, 2013 — The first amphibian to have been officially declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has been rediscovered in the north of Israel after some 60 years and turns out to be a unique "living fossil," without close relatives among other living frogs.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130604113437.htm

      June 4, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
    • Science

      Hey chadie........faithy too look what Isabell found ..............chad is the king and queen of trolls and faithy the beasty.

      Chad just wondering should I assign an attribute to IT ?

      you know and place it in your story deal ?

      June 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
    • Science

      Hey nt3chn0ph0b3, CE and chad easy as a click away ?
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      June 4, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
  10. Scinece

    Hey doogie you too !

    Hey faithy seems like you have not been weaned yet sort of like chadie .............reminds me of a 5 year old ?

    Monkey Teeth Help Reveal Neanderthal Weaning

    May 24, 2013 — Most modern human mothers wean their babies much earlier than our closest primate relatives. But what about our extinct relatives, the Neanderthals?

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130524104828.htm

    Current search on Bing chadie ..........bookmark update chad........3rd one from top of page.

    RDFRS: When Christians become a 'hated minority'

    http://www.richarddawkins.net/.../5/5/when-christians-become-a-hated-minority

    11,000,000 results Any time

    Splat Chad/vic

    Hey Chad,faith the peach and all creationists what color JELL- O you stuck IN. ? Star Dusts (chondrites) and water !

    Scientists Offer First Definitive Proof of Bacteria-Feeding Behavior in Green Algae

    May 23, 2013 — A team of researchers has captured images of green alga consuming bacteria, offering a glimpse at how early organisms dating back more than 1 billion years may have acquired free-living photosynthetic cells. This acquisition is thought to have been a critical first step in the evolution of photosynthetic algae and land plants, which, in turn, contributed to the increase in oxygen levels in Earth's atmosphere and ocean and provided one of the conditions necessary for animal evolution.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130523143741.htm

    Crondrites = star dust (carbon -14)......................a little water = green slime all over the place.

    June 4, 2013 at 8:36 am |
    • james

      this guy or gal never has a thought of his or her own, always cut,or copy, paste etc. what about how you really feel?

      June 4, 2013 at 10:32 am |
    • Science

      Dear Mr. and Mrs. Troll...... .........chad/Rachel ....vickietoo...........trolling does not work in the sand............will not catch fish that way !http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/14/vatican-swaps-old-masters-for-modernity-with-venice-biennale-debut/?replytocom=2343268#respondHey ...........kiddies................stuff bellow is the truth ...........no dino in the what chadie ?Scientists Find Oldest Dinosaur – Or Closest Relative YetDec. 5, 2012 — Researchers have discovered what may be the earliest dinosaur, a creature the size of a Labrador retriever, but with a five foot-long tail, that walked the Earth about 10 million years before more familiar dinosaurs like the small, swift-footed Eoraptor and
      Herrerasaurus.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121205084421.htm

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      June 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • Science

      jHey ameless..................you too ?

      So RB.....chadie too..........truth is best told to children is it not ?

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/31/southern-baptists-to-urge-churches-and-members-to-cut-boy-scout-ties/comment-page-150/#comment-2397535

      June 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm |

      Never has been a red horn-y devil and that is the truth !

      June 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
  11. uspatriot1982

    Odd how many non believers post on this belief blog. I have posted a couple of times and the non-believers just can't wait to wail on me or people that do have faith in God. God didn't like pagan holidays or idolatry either so save those comments for someone that believes in them. The CNN article states many Americans are unhappy with the lack of influence religion has, not lack of happiness with religion...duh.
    Most nay sayers do not speak from experience either but hearsay. I can and do speak from experience from attending more than 100 churches from PA to WA, MS, AR and TX, CO and OK. Not one time in 25 years did I hear a sermon taught on hate. . All the churches I attended had outreach programs to help tornado victims. flood victims, fire loss victims etc, etc, etc. The atheist are proud to have helped 1 family with about 60K from the tornados in OK. Sad statement of their mankind issues. Christians have provided help for countless numbers in the name of Jesus. Do not qualify your arguments with how many were killed in events you are un-believing of. People can attend a local new testament church and see for oneself, actually commit to something bigger than them. Christians will be held accountable to God. He has the of authority and I am fine with. Non-believers acknowledge no authority or power over their life except happen stance and things just working out well for human life the past 8K years. They will be held accountable too.
    Secondly, Jesus directed his followers to get an education and for us to pursue truth. I challenge any of the bloggers to look at the first 150 colleges and universities began in the 18th century in America, tally how many were started by Christians and then subdue their tongues and fingers from sharing their non-belief, non-factual opinion about America not building a positive Christian influence in todays society. Jesus came not to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.
    How many days or comments will CNN keep this post open compared to so many other issues that do need to be discussed this long but closed in one day? This blog has enough of their readers that think like they do to keep it open for some time longer I imagine.

    June 3, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
    • The real Tom

      "The atheist are proud to have helped 1 family with about 60K from the tornados in OK."

      Did you mean one atheist? If so, the verb is "is." If you mean more than one then you need to change the word to "atheists." If you're having trouble with these rules, ask a 4th grader to help you, preferably one with some brains that you obviously lack.

      June 3, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
    • uspatriot1982

      Put an s on the word and focus on the content Tom...Tom...never mind

      June 3, 2013 at 10:52 pm |
    • G.G.

      GRAMAR IST WICHTIG!!

      June 4, 2013 at 8:14 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Odd how you think that atheists do not have beliefs...we just don't believe in your god.

      This is a belief blog...if you want to preach to the choir, go to church. If you want to discuss beliefs, here you go.

      June 4, 2013 at 10:27 am |
  12. shane

    american aren't losing their religion. there are just greater diversity of faith in the country now, and different points of views with in all those faiths. so when aperson sees more and more people of differnet faiths, they view it as less people of the true faith (their own beliefs). but the thing we need to undersand is diversity is good even if it forces us t take another look at our own beliefs.

    June 3, 2013 at 10:26 pm |
    • Just Call Me Lucifer

      Diversity in belief proves there are no gods. If a supreme being wrote a guide book as to how "he" wanted people to worship him (no ego problem there) there would be no ambiguity. There is a word to define people who believe in invisible beings who supposedly speak to them and answer prayers. Crazy.

      June 4, 2013 at 2:46 am |
    • The Honest Reality

      @Just Call Me Lucifer- all I'm hearing is alot of opinion....not substance from you.

      Diversity is not evidence that their are no gods.
      There is no evidence of any "guide book" given by a divine being.
      The only thing crazy on here are the wannabe intellectuals like you that will whine for facts but yet give none.

      June 4, 2013 at 8:16 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      To the contrary. The multiplicity of species and diverse organisms found in nature only point to the abundant creativity and fertile imagination of God.

      June 4, 2013 at 9:24 am |
    • Reality

      For Honest Reality or is he R the staunch Lutheran making a comback?

      Only for the those interested in a religious update:
      1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

      “New Torah For Modern Minds

      Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “
      prob•a•bly
      Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

      2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Ludemann, Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

      The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

      earlychristianwritings.com/

      For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

      Current RCC problems:

      Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

      2 b., Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:
      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      3. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, the Filipino “koranics”and the Boston Marthon bombers.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      4. Hinduism (from an online Hindu site) – "Hinduism cannot be described as an organized religion. It is not founded by any individual. Hinduism is God centered and therefore one can call Hinduism as founded by God, because the answer to the question ‘Who is behind the eternal principles and who makes them work?’ will have to be ‘Cosmic power, Divine power, God’."

      The caste/laborer system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence are problems when saying a fair and rational God founded Hinduism."

      Current problems:

      The caste system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence.

      5. Buddhism- "Buddhism began in India about 500 years before the birth of Christ. The people living at that time had become disillusioned with certain beliefs of Hinduism including the caste system, which had grown extremely complex. The number of outcasts (those who did not belong to any particular caste) was continuing to grow."

      "However, in Buddhism, like so many other religions, fanciful stories arose concerning events in the life of the founder, Siddhartha Gautama (fifth century B.C.):"

      Archaeological discoveries have proved, beyond a doubt, his historical character, but apart from the legends we know very little about the circu-mstances of his life. e.g. Buddha by one legend was supposedly talking when he came out of his mother's womb.

      Bottom line: There are many good ways of living but be aware of the hallucinations, embellishments, lies, and myths surrounding the founders and foundations of said rules of life.

      Then, apply the Five F rule: "First Find the Flaws, then Fix the Foundations". And finally there will be religious peace and religious awareness in the world!!!!!

      June 4, 2013 at 9:27 am |
    • sam stone

      bill: how do you make the logical leap from the possibility of a creator to the certainty of a "god"?

      June 4, 2013 at 10:03 am |
    • In Santa we trust

      Bill, Evolution is a wonderful thing; no need for a god, no evidence of a god.

      June 4, 2013 at 10:16 am |
    • fintastic

      @Bill Deacon "To the contrary. The multiplicity of species and diverse organisms found in nature only point to the abundant creativity and fertile imagination of God."

      Which god Bill??

      June 4, 2013 at 11:17 am |
  13. David

    Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
    Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
    INCLUDING ALL YOU NON BELIEVERS!!! Let's hope for your sakes it is not too late for you when that time comes.

    June 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      If I am brought to my knees, it would only be by a tyrant, but in my heart and mind I will remain standing.

      June 3, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
    • alencon

      Get serious. Religion preys on the young, the ignorant and the frightened. Since I'm none of the above you'll excuse me if I remain on my feat.

      June 3, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
    • alencon

      LOL! That should be "feet" I suppose. I really need to stop commenting when I'm high.

      June 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
    • Susan StoHelit

      I don't bow to bullies or for threats.

      What is there about your described god that is worth bowing to? Mere power and threats or promises of rewards is not sufficient. Mere creation does not define someone as worth following.

      June 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
    • Paul

      David, go read up on Pascal's Wager, you moron. Zeus is going to seriously beat you for worshipping that feeble Christian god.

      June 3, 2013 at 10:09 pm |
    • The real Tom

      David, you are about as scary as a jack o'lantern. Get a clue, honey. Your day has come and gone. See ya! Wouldn't wanna be ya!

      June 3, 2013 at 10:12 pm |
    • Just Call Me Lucifer

      I can smell your fear from here.

      June 4, 2013 at 2:47 am |
    • utalkintome

      have you read the bible? why would anyone in their right mind worship that genocidal maniac?

      June 4, 2013 at 3:50 am |
  14. Science

    Hey faithy seems like you have not been weaned yet sort of like chadie .............reminds me of a 5 year old ?

    Monkey Teeth Help Reveal Neanderthal Weaning

    May 24, 2013 — Most modern human mothers wean their babies much earlier than our closest primate relatives. But what about our extinct relatives, the Neanderthals?

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130524104828.htm

    June 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
  15. Creationist

    dave, many religions have their own versions of hells. You better believe that hell is not real, or other religions' hells are waiting for you to get there – one day you will be in one, and another one, and another one,...

    June 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • Dan

      Excellent point.

      June 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
    • James A Young

      The more fanatical a religious person is the more likely they will claim that religion is in decline. This poll only suggests that Americans are more fanatical about religion. It does not suggest that religion is actually in decline.

      June 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
    • Akira

      In reality, what this poll indicates is that religion is losing its influence in society, not that the number of religious has declined much.

      June 3, 2013 at 7:09 pm |
  16. dave

    You people may have lost faith maybe you never had any I understand you are perishing, your souls are barren and dead the more you people put stumbling blocks in front of others the closer to hell you will be. People or non believers mocked Noah then God wiped them out, I would hope you repent of your sins and seek a relationship with Christ Jesus the one true God, and if you don't then may he have mercy on your wretched souls, your on the clock people time is short and judgement is close.

    June 3, 2013 at 11:12 am |
    • Reality

      Moving now to the 21st century:

      origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times review and important enough to reiterate.

      New Torah For Modern Minds

      “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. (prob•a•bly
      Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell).

      The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument.

      The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "LITANY OF DISILLUSION”' about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel - not one shard of pottery."

      "When I grew up in Brooklyn, congregants were not sophisticated about anything," said Rabbi Harold Kushner, the author of "When Bad Things Happen to Good People" and a co-editor of the new book. "Today, they are very sophisticated and well read about psychology, literature and history, but they are locked in a childish version of the Bible."

      "Etz Hayim," compiled by David Lieber of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, seeks to change that. It offers the standard Hebrew text, a parallel English translation (edited by Chaim Potok, best known as the author of "The Chosen"), a page-by-page exegesis, periodic commentaries on Jewish practice and, at the end, 41 essays by prominent rabbis and scholars on topics ranging from the Torah scroll and dietary laws to ecology and eschatology.

      These essays, perused during uninspired sermons or Torah readings at Sabbath services, will no doubt surprise many congregants. For instance, an essay on Ancient Near Eastern Mythology," by Robert Wexler, president of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, states that on the basis of modern scholarship, it seems unlikely that the story of Genesis originated in Palestine. More likely, Mr. Wexler says, it arose in Mesopotamia, the influence of which is most apparent in the story of the Flood, which probably grew out of the periodic overflowing of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The story of Noah, Mr. Wexler adds, was probably borrowed from the Mesopotamian epic Gilgamesh.
      "

      June 3, 2013 at 11:48 am |
    • JRNY

      See dave...you do what your fellow religious-fanatics do...you keep condemning people. You toss your fear mongering all over the place and think that people will actually like you for it. You think that people actually want to believe in a god of fear and bigotry. Well, you're wrong dave.

      June 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
    • ReligionIsBS

      Dave, you sound terrified of your god. Dont worry, he probably doesnt exist. So stop worrying and enjoy your life.

      June 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
    • Akira

      Nonsense, dave.

      June 3, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
    • EnjaySea

      Sign me up for Dave's religion! Sounds really cool.

      June 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      There is no evidence for a flood of that magnitude, plus it could not have been as described – not enough water, most plants would have died, most fish would have died, etc.

      June 3, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
    • jimmy cracorn

      That's not a very good way to win over people

      June 3, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • exlonghorn

      Dave, you makea few intersting statements:

      "your souls are barren and dead" – Prove it, please.

      "People or non believers mocked Noah then God wiped them out" – Again, proof, please.

      "seek a relationship with Christ Jesus the one true God" Once again, proof? Oh, and isn't Jesus the son of god? I know it's semantics, but I enjoy watching fudies explain how they are one in the same. Interesting logic.

      "time is short and judgement is close" – umm, yeah...wasn't that whole rapture thing supposed to happen last year? Why didn't it?

      And Dave, I should note that I can invalidate all your points by simply believing in a different religion!

      June 3, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • Ozzi

      Get off the board, Dave. You're drunk.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
    • mike

      Lighten up, Dave. There is no god, so donøt worry, be happy!

      June 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
    • Paul

      dave, go read up on Pascal's Wager, you moron. Zeus is going to seriously beat you for worshipping that feeble Christian god.

      You are a stupid,ignorant tool.

      June 3, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
    • sam stone

      dave: fvck you and your empty proxy warnings

      June 4, 2013 at 10:14 am |
  17. Yuck

    (black magic)is when you,yell,curse,or tell a lie.you're a person full of negative thoughts(white magic )is when you tell the truth,you're always honest and want the best out of people...so now we can look at each political party and see who's using BLACK MAGIC OR WHITE MAGIC."those that lead will have too explain to the people.

    June 3, 2013 at 10:26 am |
    • Jase

      (Baloney) this post ^^.
      There's no magic at all to being a good person, or an evil one.

      June 3, 2013 at 10:49 am |
  18. J. R. Roberts

    Hallelujah...guess I shouldn't feel bad about playing golf on the "Sabbath"!

    June 3, 2013 at 9:53 am |
  19. Betty Lou

    Newsboys – God's Not Dead (Like A Lion) Lyrics
    Artist: Newsboys
    Album: God's Not Dead
    Genre: Pop
    Send "God's Not Dead (Like A Lion)" Ringtone to your Cell
    Listen while you read!
    Let love explode and bring the dead to life
    A love so bold to see a revolution somehow
    Let love explode and bring the dead to life
    A love so bold to bring a revolution somehow

    Now I'm lost in Your freedom
    And this world I'll overcome

    My God's not dead, He's surely alive
    He's living on the inside, roaring like a lion
    God's not dead, surely alive
    He's living on the inside, roaring like a lion
    Roaring, He's roaring, He's roaring like a lion

    Let hope arise and make the darkness hide
    My faith is dead, I need a resurrection somehow

    Now I'm lost in Your freedom
    And this world I'll overcome

    My God's not dead, He's surely alive
    He's living on the inside, roaring like a lion
    God's not dead, surely alive
    He's living on the inside, roaring like a lion
    Roaring, He's roaring, He's roaring like a lion
    He is roaring, He's roaring

    Let heaven roar and fire fall
    Come shake the ground with the sound of revival
    Let heaven roar and fire fall
    Come shake the ground with the sound of revival
    Let heaven roar and fire fall
    Come shake the ground with the sound of revival

    My God's not dead, He's surely alive
    He is living on the inside, roaring like a lion
    God's not dead, He's surely alive
    He is living on the inside, roaring like a lion
    God's not dead, He's surely alive
    He is living on the inside, roaring like a lion

    God's not dead, He's surely alive
    He is living on the inside, roaring like a lion
    He's roaring, He's roaring, He's roaring like a lion
    He is roaring, He's roaring, He's roaring like a lion
    Roaring like a lion

    June 3, 2013 at 8:36 am |
    • Bryan

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD-8LvZ5B0w&w=640&h=390]

      June 3, 2013 at 9:58 am |
    • Science

      Hey chadie time to come in old of the cold..............or stay stuck in the green slime that created US

      NASA: Mars could have supported life

      Water-Rock Reaction May Provide Enough Hydrogen 'Food' to Sustain Life in Ocean's Crust or On Mars

      May 30, 2013 — A chemical reaction between iron-containing minerals and water may produce enough hydrogen "food" to sustain microbial communities living in pores and cracks within the enormous volume of rock below the ocean floor and parts of the continents, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130530132541.htm

      Star Dust we are

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWdU_px9ApE&w=640&h=390]

      Pebbly Rocks Testify to Old Streambed On Mars

      May 30, 2013 — Detailed analysis and review have borne out researchers' initial interpretation of pebble-containing slabs that NASA's Mars rover Curiosity investigated last year: They are part of an ancient streambed.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130530150547.htm

      Creationists make sure to look for that chondrite................compasses and GPS does not work around the stones.

      Peace

      June 3, 2013 at 10:13 am |
    • JRNY

      Betty lou...you're just freakin' scary. You know that? If your god is alive inside you, does that make you a person suffering from multiple personalities?

      June 3, 2013 at 10:23 am |
    • Sue

      It is obvious that the Christian god does not exist.

      June 3, 2013 at 10:29 am |
    • EnjaySea

      The very fact that this god is "inside you", is just another illustration of how subjective this belief is. If a man had a voice inside him telling him to be a serial killer, then should we all become serial killers?

      June 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
  20. GOOD NEWS

    America finding its new Religion,

    for a better Future:

    http://www.holy-19-harvest.com
    UNIVERSAL MAGNIFICENT MIRACLES

    June 3, 2013 at 5:06 am |
    • Science

      You to the peachy one.......HS too........no red horn-y beast........never has been !

      Earth’s timeline ................chad remember this long ago..........L4H but me on the list for this.

      Trace our planet's geological and biological ages............better than the bibles timeline.

      http://www.nbcnews.com/id/33184839/ns/technology_and_science/

      Church Refuses to Host Troops Over Scouts' New Gay Policy
      NBC News·16 hours ago

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      Big circle here chadie...................

      look what shows up on Bing 16 hours ago

      By the way HAR/chadie..........your header on post was ............see below........so do not go deleting comments !

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