Belief in God: Declining faith in modern America | IN 60 SECONDS

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A belief in God is among the most common
religious beliefs held by Americans. Nine-in-ten Americans report believing in God,
or a universal spirit. However, perspectives on God are incredibly
varied, and doubts about God’s existence are far more prevalent among the public
than typically thought. Thoughts about God vary considerably by religious tradition
and three groups really stand out: white evangelical Protestants, black
Protestants, and Mormons. In contrast, Jewish Americans are far less certain in
their views of God. There’s also a great deal of uncertainty among the
non-religious. While 71% of atheists feel completely certain God does not exist,
more than one quarter expressed some amount of doubt. There are also stark
divides when it comes to age gender and political affiliation. Young adults
expressed more doubt about God than older Americans, and conservatives are
far more certain in their beliefs than liberals. Despite these differences, when
it comes to religious belief, doubting may be the one thing that unites believers
and non-believers. How certain are you that God exists? Let us know in our poll.
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19 Responses

  1. Orion6699

    May 16, 2019 12:37 pm

    Im of the opinion that certainty in the unprovable is always a bad thing. A little bit of skepticism goes a long way.

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  2. Theodore Seeber

    May 16, 2019 1:00 pm

    Certain to the point that quantum physics and special relativity and the Big Bang are contradictory without God. Either God exists- or time doesn't.

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  3. WRXXXual

    May 16, 2019 1:04 pm

    I am an atheist. I do not believe a god actually does exist, and am strongly skeptical agaist claims contrary to my own. However, if a god actually exists, then I imagine it knows exactly what it needs to do to prove itself to me. The idea that humans, whom are a natural existance, can somehow posit the notion that they can make me believe in the supernatural is supremely foolish! Supernatural claims require supernatural evidence for belief to take root, and anything less is total bullshit.

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  4. Kasper Hauser

    May 16, 2019 2:15 pm

    Maybe it's an American thing, but can someone explain why Atheist and Agnostic are displayed like this? AFAIK theism/atheism address the believe in one or more gods, while gnoticism/agnoticism address knowledge about something, e.g. agnotisc theist = someone that does believe in one or more gods, but doesn't claim knowlege about it. The scale at 0:23 doesn't make any sense to me.

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  5. Haran Yakir

    May 16, 2019 2:50 pm

    Atheists believe neither that god DOES exists nor that god DOES NOT exist. Your "atheists are unsure" thing is misleading, on purpose most likely.

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  6. VaselineLenz

    May 16, 2019 3:19 pm

    U.S does tend to lead the western world in all of the possible forms of retardation.. Thus their religiosity is simply another method of coercion over a population that must accommodate the militarism of empire.

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  7. MusicIan423

    May 16, 2019 4:24 pm

    Well when fundamentalist Christians are turning their back on Jesus's teachings of forgiveness and love for other groups by strongly hating immigrants (poor people with almost no power) and Muslims, etc. I would say it's no wonder the culture is turning away from God. The One True God is Real, but so is the false god we created in our own image.

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  8. sdozer1990

    May 17, 2019 12:31 am

    I'm an agnostic theist. I don't have physical evidence of God, who is supernatural anyway.

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  9. Rhett W

    May 19, 2019 8:09 am

    “Mormons” are more accurately referred to as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    ComeUntoChrist.org or ChurchofJesusChrist.org

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  10. PhrontDoor

    May 21, 2019 9:10 am

    If god means something different to each person, then it's absolutely certain that MOST of the gods they believe in DO not and CANNOT exist.
    For instance, if you ask ten VERY religious people "what is the stupidest thing god did in the bible?" or "what do you think that you disagree with god over?"

    You will see that each person will answer fundamentally "nothing" indicating that god, as that person understands it, is COMPLETELY in moral unison with that person. Now, if you ask those people if they agree WITH each other on slavery, prostitution, murder, death-penalty, homosexuality, use of mixed fabrics and so on, then you will definitely come out with 10 different moral landscapes.

    Either EVERYONE or almost nearly everyone has to necessarily have the WRONG image of god. Each of those god images is something that doesn't exist. Thus if person A believes in a god who is PRO-death-penalty and person B believes in a god that is against the death penalty then we've eliminated 50 percent of those gods.

    Same with self-refuting qualifications like 'my god is omniscient/omnipotent'…

    You don't have to know everything, nor checked everywhere in order to say "yup, that god doesn't exist". The more you define a god, the more likely you are to introduce a means for absolute disproof. The less you define a god, the less meaningful the god becomes. It's an ontological teeter-totter.

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  11. Random Stuff

    August 14, 2019 7:24 pm

    The reason why belief in the God of the Bible is declining is because there is no evidence to believe in that God and people see that the Bible is built on racism, slavery, murder etc.

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  12. SC EM

    August 30, 2019 1:46 pm

    God’s inconvenient Truth: God told us specifically of this time. Be not surprised. Go see it for yourself.

    2 Timothy 3 King James Version (KJV)

    3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

    2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

    3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

    4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

    5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

    6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

    7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

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