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Atheists up, Protestants down

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Atheists up, Protestants down

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:25 am

According to the latest Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life survey, the number of non-believers in the U.S. is growing, especially among young adults. And for the first time, less than half of Americans call themselves Protestant Christians.
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Re: Atheists up, Protestants down

Postby Remember_Me » Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:09 pm

There's hope yet.
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Re: Atheists up, Protestants down

Postby Henry Vilas » Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:57 am

Did you go to church today?

Pastors say hypocrisy is emptying pews
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Re: Atheists up, Protestants down

Postby city2countrygal » Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:11 am

Lost:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TXqSJ9qDQ8

(and in detail:)
http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1256

And Found:
"Ten top reasons to be an Episcopalian"
(10) No Snake Handling
(9) You can believe in dinosaurs
(8) Male and female, God created them; male and female, we ordain them
(7) You don't have to check your brains at the door
(6) Pew aerobics
(5) Church year is color-coded
(4) Free wine on Sundays
(3) All of the pagentry, none of the guilt
(2) You don't have to swim to get baptized
And the #1 reason is...
No matter what you believe, there's bound to be at least one other Episcopalian who agrees with you.

-Attributed to Robin Williams, a card-carrying Episcopalian.
No, he didn't invent the phrase "We're like Catholic-lite:
1/3 less guilt," but he's said it many times.
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Re: Atheists up, Protestants down

Postby kurt_w » Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:51 am

I remember back in the 90s, the Episcopal church on campus ran an ad in some of the local papers with the line "He came to take away your sins, not your mind". I found that amusing.

Better than the time that Luther Memorial church put up a big banner on game day saying "Pray for Bucky".
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Re: Atheists up, Protestants down

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:08 am

Here is an interesting survey of religious beliefs and faithfulness to one's spouse.

Below is the percentage of cheaters based on faith (or lack thereof):
•Evangelist 25.1%
•Protestant 22.7%
•Catholic 22.75%
•Agnostic 2%
•Mormon 1.6%
•Muslim 1.5%
•Jewish 1.4%
•Atheist 1.4%
•Jehovah’s Witness 0.5%
•Hindusim 0.3%
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Re: Atheists up, Protestants down

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:03 pm

More specifically it's a breakdown of Ashley Madison users based on faith. Without comparing those numbers to the religious affiliation of the general public they mean very little.

Even then, it a pretty poor sample set, ignoring anyone who manages to cheat without using a web service.
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Re: Atheists up, Protestants down

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:53 pm

Francis Di Domizio wrote:More specifically it's a breakdown of Ashley Madison users based on faith. Without comparing those numbers to the religious affiliation of the general public they mean very little.

Even then, it a pretty poor sample set, ignoring anyone who manages to cheat without using a web service.

Even if this was a better statistical sampling, a perfectly reasonable interpretation of those numbers would be that non-Christians are much more likely to lie when taking a survey about cheating.
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Re: Atheists up, Protestants down

Postby snoqueen » Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:01 pm

I don't know when HuffPo posted this correction on the link, but apparently they've gotten a bit of criticism on their methodology and interpretation:

CORRECTION: A previous headline on this article suggested that Ashley Madison's survey results were reflective of the general population, a conclusion that is not supported by the data. We regret the error. This article has also been updated with additional information about the survey's respondents.


Still, it's amusing to think the fundamentalists cheat the most, same as more legitimate data shows they get pregnant out of wedlock the most and get divorced the most.

Still, without them we wouldn't have country music, so it's not all bad.... I guess.

For the folks who like their data displayed graphically (that includes me) here's a link to a whole array of maps showing where the researchers found various opinions and affiliations across the US:

http://religions.pewforum.org/maps
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