why many people are becoming atheists nowadays ?

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#1 Posted by indzman (27391 posts) -

Example U.S ( religiosity is on decline in U.S while atheism is on the rise ). Why are people losing faith in god/religion ?

Whats your opinion OT?  

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#2 Posted by comp_atkins (34308 posts) -
it's the trendy thing to do.
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#3 Posted by Michael0134567 (28651 posts) -

I've always been an atheist.

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#4 Posted by indzman (27391 posts) -

I've always been an atheist.

Michael0134567

reason ? :|

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#5 Posted by Michael0134567 (28651 posts) -

[QUOTE="Michael0134567"]

I've always been an atheist.

indzman

reason ? :|

Just because?

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#6 Posted by indzman (27391 posts) -

[QUOTE="indzman"]

[QUOTE="Michael0134567"]

I've always been an atheist.

Michael0134567

reason ? :|

Just because?

explain ...

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#7 Posted by PelicanRebelLdr (125 posts) -

I find that they become atheist because it's cool and that they are closed minded. [spoiler] just like many religious people are as well [/spoiler]

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#8 Posted by Michael0134567 (28651 posts) -

[QUOTE="Michael0134567"]

[QUOTE="indzman"]

reason ? :|

indzman

Just because?

explain ...

I just don't believe in any of that stuff.

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#9 Posted by indzman (27391 posts) -

[QUOTE="indzman"]

[QUOTE="Michael0134567"]

Just because?

Michael0134567

explain ...

I just don't believe in any of that stuff.

i see :roll:

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#10 Posted by Spellingiscool (1450 posts) -
Because our lives don't revolve around a 3,000 year old book of fiction.
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#11 Posted by Michael0134567 (28651 posts) -

[QUOTE="Michael0134567"]

[QUOTE="indzman"]

explain ...

indzman

I just don't believe in any of that stuff.

i see :roll:

What's the problem?

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#12 Posted by indzman (27391 posts) -

[QUOTE="indzman"]

[QUOTE="Michael0134567"]

I just don't believe in any of that stuff.

Michael0134567

i see :roll:

What's the problem?

no problem ;)

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#13 Posted by British_Azimio (2459 posts) -
it's the trendy thing to do.comp_atkins
That, plus logic, lack of evidence of God, the observations of the misguided, etc. Standard nonsense. It's easy to go through life with a firm conviction of the lack of anything other than randomness until you've met that great white light of Love yourself.
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#14 Posted by krazykarl0419 (4056 posts) -
There have always been atheists and there always will be. It may just seem like it's on the rise because people aren't as afraid to express this view than they may have been centuries ago - blasphemy would have led to much more persecution than you'll see these days. I wouldn't call it a trend either. As the vast field of science evolves, so do people's beliefs. People tend to want to believe in their senses, so many run with that and completely discredit what they can't sense.
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#15 Posted by GulliversTravel (3062 posts) -
New Atheism is a fad thats coming to an end but also been exposed as actually hateful. I think more people are irreligious.
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#16 Posted by yellosnolvr (19302 posts) -

[QUOTE="Michael0134567"]

[QUOTE="indzman"]

explain ...

indzman

I just don't believe in any of that stuff.

i see :roll:

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#17 Posted by GulliversTravel (3062 posts) -

[QUOTE="Michael0134567"]

[QUOTE="indzman"]

i see :roll:

indzman

What's the problem?

no problem ;)

It seems you still have some issues with his belief, but yeah 5 years ago you wouldve been called all sorts of names because you disagree.
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#18 Posted by British_Azimio (2459 posts) -
[QUOTE="GulliversTravel"]New Atheism is a fad thats coming to an end but also been exposed as actually hateful. I think more people are irreligious.

What's hard for me to wrap my head around is the many people I'll see on Yahoo Answers whose profile literally has pages upon pages and pages of non-stop high-velocity ****head ray-gun blasting at any and all things religion in the Religion & Spirituality section. I mean, Jesus, look at what they do with their spare time. No wonder they're a bit confused about God.
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#19 Posted by GulliversTravel (3062 posts) -
[QUOTE="British_Azimio"][QUOTE="GulliversTravel"]New Atheism is a fad thats coming to an end but also been exposed as actually hateful. I think more people are irreligious.

What's hard for me to wrap my head around is the many people I'll see on Yahoo Answers whose profile literally has pages upon pages and pages of non-stop high-velocity ****head ray-gun blasting at any and all things religion in the Religion & Spirituality section. I mean, Jesus, look at what they do with their spare time. No wonder they're a bit confused about God.

Well Atheism is right and religion is wrong therefore it gives me the right to be arsehole!
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#20 Posted by British_Azimio (2459 posts) -
[QUOTE="GulliversTravel"][QUOTE="British_Azimio"][QUOTE="GulliversTravel"]New Atheism is a fad thats coming to an end but also been exposed as actually hateful. I think more people are irreligious.

What's hard for me to wrap my head around is the many people I'll see on Yahoo Answers whose profile literally has pages upon pages and pages of non-stop high-velocity ****head ray-gun blasting at any and all things religion in the Religion & Spirituality section. I mean, Jesus, look at what they do with their spare time. No wonder they're a bit confused about God.

Well Atheism is right and religion is wrong therefore it gives me the right to be arsehole!

Though, being a bit more serious, the belief or lack of belief in a higher power is far from the biggest problem those type of people have. Excessive bitterness seems to lead to wasting time in such ways.
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#21 Posted by Squeets (8185 posts) -

Because people are finally coming to realize that the black magic known as science is probably a far better thing to believe in than the bylaws of a book written by patriarchical goat hearders in the desert 3300 years ago to consolidate power for themselves, justify their actions (owning slaves, etc), repressing women.

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#22 Posted by Buckhannah (715 posts) -
One of the reasons it's on the rise in the USA specifically, in my honest view, is simple... it's backlash. Christian Conservatives control the Republican party. The Republicans control the majority of state governments, and they've been shoving their religion of choice on everyone through the law with all the grace of a bull in a china shop. When you push your religion on others in that way, it WILL backfire. Christians keep saying they will be a persecuted minority group one day, I say with the way they are behaving now, it's a self fulfilling prophecy. What comes around, goes around.
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#23 Posted by Angie7F (1175 posts) -

Because cymicism is cool.

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#24 Posted by GulliversTravel (3062 posts) -

Though, being a bit more serious, the belief or lack of belief in a higher power is far from the biggest problem those type of people have. Excessive bitterness seems to lead to wasting time in such ways.British_Azimio
I agree with this but the New Atheists tend to hold new-con views which puts them right in line with the Evangelicals, the irony right? For example the issue of Israel or American influence on the Middle-East, because as Hitchens tell us, they are all backward Mooslims remember

One of the reasons it's on the rise in the USA specifically, in my honest view, is simple... it's backlash.  Christian Conservatives control the Republican party.  The Republicans control the majority of state governments, and they've been shoving their religion of choice on everyone through the law with all the grace of a bull in a china shop.  When you push your religion on others in that way, it WILL backfire.  Christians keep saying they will be a persecuted minority group one day, I say with the way they are behaving now, it's a self fulfilling prophecy. What comes around, goes around.Buckhannah
It has back-fired, Dawkins, Harris and Hitchens have constantly derided but worse labelled Muslims especially but before it was seen as simply religious criticism.

However their recent comments are up for far more scrutiny to the the extent that they are now labelled as hate-mongers in the kin of Fox News. Its gone so far that they are now labelled Islamaphobes, a term's use that has been highly controversial as it again goes back to the idea that the hate is only towards the religion.

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#25 Posted by tocool340 (21117 posts) -

I've always been an atheist.

Michael0134567
Pretty much. Never seen any real reason to pursue religion....
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#26 Posted by GulliversTravel (3062 posts) -

Because people are finally coming to realize that the black magic known as science is probably a far better thing to believe in than the bylaws of a book written by patriarchical goat hearders in the desert 3300 years ago to consolidate power for themselves, justify their actions (owning slaves, etc), repressing women.

Squeets
Yeah brah, we should also stop reading Shakepeare since he talks in metaphors too and liked little boys.
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#27 Posted by Chicken453 (2038 posts) -
You guys are just catching up with the rest of the world!
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#28 Posted by MonsieurX (36775 posts) -
Because science.
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#29 Posted by GulliversTravel (3062 posts) -
Because science.MonsieurX
Yet science was developed majorly in religious circles, bet you didnt know that?
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#30 Posted by Buckhannah (715 posts) -
[QUOTE="MonsieurX"]Because science.GulliversTravel
Yet science was developed majorly in religious circles, bet you didnt know that?

The Christian Dark ages say "hi". We could've been on the moon in the 1800's.
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#31 Posted by Squeets (8185 posts) -

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Because people are finally coming to realize that the black magic known as science is probably a far better thing to believe in than the bylaws of a book written by patriarchical goat hearders in the desert 3300 years ago to consolidate power for themselves, justify their actions (owning slaves, etc), repressing women.

GulliversTravel

Yeah brah, we should also stop reading Shakepeare since he talks in metaphors too and liked little boys.

Except the bible (read fiction book) isn't speaking in metaphors.  When it says you can own slaves.  You can.  When it says a girl must marry her rapist it means it.  When it says a worker (such as a firefighter or cop for example) should be stoned in the street for working on Sunday, we should drag him out and kill him.  In the old testament anyways; you know before modern Christians changed their imaginary sky being's "eternal and unchanging word" to better conform to modern standards.

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#32 Posted by deactivated-58b6232955e4a (15594 posts) -
[QUOTE="MonsieurX"]Because science.GulliversTravel
Yet science was developed majorly in religious circles, bet you didnt know that?

And most science was done by people with hair.
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#33 Posted by NaveedLife (17179 posts) -

I would say it has to do with a lot of things, though mainly the degredation of our traditional values.  Broken homes are on the rise, as is many different relgions (in the US), and a lot of political opinions (gearing more towards the liberal side).

 

For some it is because science has caused them to lose faith, when really it has little to no effect on the existance of God and such.  For others it is because they grew up in a broken home and such and lost faith. Then there are some who just were not taught about it or taught to hate it.  Once somethign starts, it spreads.  I don't think any religion will ever go away, things will just even out.

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#34 Posted by Jebus213 (10010 posts) -

[QUOTE="Squeets"]

Because people are finally coming to realize that the black magic known as science is probably a far better thing to believe in than the bylaws of a book written by patriarchical goat hearders in the desert 3300 years ago to consolidate power for themselves, justify their actions (owning slaves, etc), repressing women.

GulliversTravel

Yeah brah, we should also stop reading Shakepeare since he talks in metaphors too and liked little boys.

 

Are you really that stupid?

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#35 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -
It's the internet, and the cool thing to do atm.
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#36 Posted by GulliversTravel (3062 posts) -

The Christian Dark ages say "hi". We could've been on the moon in the 1800's.Buckhannah
Christian Dark ages whilst the rest of the world was speeding ahead?

Except the bible (read fiction book) isn't speaking in metaphors.  When it says you can own slaves.  You can.  When it says a girl must marry her rapist it means it.  When it says a worker (such as a firefighter or cop for example) should be stoned in the street for working on Sunday, we should drag him out and kill him.  In the old testament anyways; you know before modern Christians changed their imaginary sky being's "eternal and unchanging word" to better conform to modern standards.

Squeets

No its literal when you want it to be but not metaphorical either when you dont want it. Problem is it sounds like double standard.

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#38 Posted by themajormayor (25538 posts) -
it's the trendy thing to do.comp_atkins
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#39 Posted by Celldrax (15035 posts) -

Probably because people are more connected these days and have greater exposure to differing viewpoints.

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#40 Posted by Buckhannah (715 posts) -

Probably because people are more connected these days and have greater exposure to differing viewpoints.

Celldrax
Easy access to information is definitely a contribution. The internet is where religion goes to die.
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#41 Posted by Chicken453 (2038 posts) -

Probably because people are more connected these days and have greater exposure to differing viewpoints.

Celldrax
One of the few good answers in this thread.
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#42 Posted by ghoklebutter (19327 posts) -
Because in general, people today feel like they're more capable of questioning their religious faith (if they belonged to a religion in the first place).
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#43 Posted by sune_Gem (12463 posts) -

Everyday we learn more about the universe, so every day religion seems more incorrect.

I'm agnostic personally.

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#44 Posted by GulliversTravel (3062 posts) -
[QUOTE="Celldrax"]

Probably because people are more connected these days and have greater exposure to differing viewpoints.

Buckhannah
Easy access to information is definitely a contribution. The internet is where religion goes to die.

About Christian Dark Age...
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#45 Posted by Renevent42 (6654 posts) -
Most likely it's related to the amount of knowledge humans have at their disposal. The more you are educated the greater chance you stop being religious...at least as far as dogma and stuff is concerned. Never in history have humans been so connected and have so much information and different viewpoints available. I personally feel this is not a fad at all, and literally is the decline of religion in the west.
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#46 Posted by tagyhag (15874 posts) -
I believe that science is more helpful towards the betterment of humanity and the world than mass religion is.
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#47 Posted by Buckhannah (715 posts) -
Because in general, people today feel like they're more capable of questioning their religious faith (if they belonged to a religion in the first place).ghoklebutter
Well those of us raised in it are taught at an impressionable age by people we trust that if we question it we'll be burned forever. It's a hard thing to overcome, I didn't feel safe questioning my faith until I was in my mid twenties. A lot more of us are getting to that age and getting that information that helps us overcome that fear, also contributing to the rise in recent years. The threats of violence just don't keep people in line indefinitely as they used to do.
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#48 Posted by GulliversTravel (3062 posts) -
[QUOTE="Renevent42"]Most likely it's related to the amount of knowledge humans have at their disposal. The more you are educated the greater chance you stop being religious...at least as far as dogma and stuff is concerned. Never in history have humans been so connected and have so much information and different viewpoints available. I personally feel this is not a fad at all, and literally is the decline of religion in the west.

Its also a place where repeating soundbites speaks louder than a thought-filled discussion.
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#49 Posted by Renevent42 (6654 posts) -
[QUOTE="GulliversTravel"][QUOTE="Renevent42"]Most likely it's related to the amount of knowledge humans have at their disposal. The more you are educated the greater chance you stop being religious...at least as far as dogma and stuff is concerned. Never in history have humans been so connected and have so much information and different viewpoints available. I personally feel this is not a fad at all, and literally is the decline of religion in the west.

Its also a place where repeating soundbites speaks louder than a thought-filled discussion.

Depends on who's listening.
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#50 Posted by DaBrainz (7907 posts) -
I refuse to think its because there are more free thinkers today. I think its more of an apathy of older generations not forcing religion on there kids.