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Pew Research: Americans Walking Away from God

If you’ve been thinking, based on what you read and hear in the news, as well as what’s out there on social media, that America must be moving away from God, because there’s no way a Godly nation would be capable of reflecting the values in vogue all around us…you would appear to be correct. The Pew Research Center announced on Wednesday the results of a survey that determined about half of those who’ve left their church simply do not believe in God anymore.

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According to reporting done by the Washington Examiner, 49 percent of those who dumped their church did so because they simply “don’t believe” any longer.

Pew’s write-up on the survey results says, in part, that roughly “Bottom of Form

half of current religious 'nones' who were raised in a religion (49%) indicate that a lack of belief led them to move away from religion. This includes many respondents who mention 'science' as the reason they do not believe in religious teachings, including one who said 'I'm a scientist now, and I don't believe in miracles.' Others reference 'common sense,' 'logic' or a 'lack of evidence' – or simply say they do not believe in God.”

Following are examples of reasons why people “don’t believe,” as recorded by Pew during the course of the research:

  • “Learning about evolution when I went away to college.”

  • “Too many Christians doing un-Christian things.”

  • “Religion is the opiate of the people.”

  • “Rational thought makes religion go out the window.”

  • “Lack of any sort of scientific or specific evidence of a creator.”

  • “I just realized somewhere along the line that I didn’t really believe it.”

  • “I’m doing a lot more learning, studying…and kind of making decisions myself rather than listening to someone else.”

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large

 

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