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Michael S suggests rather than an electorally unified and active black population directing the Democrat party, the DNC tells blacks what to believe and they believe it: It brings to mind the plantation analogy white conservatives love hearing non-Democrat blacks talk about. There could be some truth to it, though as Michael allows it doesn't... Read More
In a recent post investigating the relationship between intelligence, theism, and political orientation, an interesting discussion broke out in the comments concerning the putative correlation between theism and optimism, and the causal nature of that alleged correlation. I wondered if such a relationship exists. Atheists on average have higher IQs, higher educational attainment, and higher... Read More
Spurred by an exchange between regular commenters dfordoom and EliteCommInc, following are a few graphs showing the change over time in church attendance and certainty of God's existence among American Christians, as well as the percentages of Americans identifying as Christian, all by broad age cohort: The stated beliefs and reported behaviors of self-identifying Christians... Read More
Commenter joe2.5 requests: And, I hope, receives: The white, black, Hispanic, and Asian categories are mutually exclusive. Jews may be of any race but are predominately white. Atheist = "I don't believe in God" Agnostic = "I don't know whether there is a God and I don't believe there is any way to find out"... Read More
For contemporary relevance, responses are from 2012 onward: Additionally, more than two-thirds of atheists are men. If they're going to badger geologists, hockey teams, and historical societies, surely atheists have a righteous comeuppance on the horizon, too. We really have to ask ourselves who we are if we lack the moral courage to inform our... Read More
Deicide may not be driving the Great Awokening, but He's a casualty of the revival. From the GSS, theistic orientation among white liberals over time: The percentage of white liberals who are atheist or agnostic has more than doubled over the last three decades; the percentage who are firm believers has correspondingly been cut in... Read More
Applying the same happiness index as before (% very happy - % not too happy), the following graph shows self-reported happiness by frequency of religious service attendance. For contemporary relevance responses are from 2000 onward and to avoid racial confounding only non-Hispanic whites are considered: As in the case of marital status, controlling for age... Read More
Mr. Rational notes: The theistic orientation distribution of those with no religious affiliation among GSS respondents from 2010-2016 for contemporary relevance (subsequent graphs cover the same time period): Nearly 1-in-4 Americans now report having no religious affiliation and more than 1-in-3 Americans under the age of 30 report the same. And while most atheists and... Read More
Vox Day, in the context of an interview about sexual promiscuity and the damage it does to children: The following graph shows the percentages of people who have ever cheated on a spouse while married, by their belief (or lack thereof) in God. Responses are from 2000 onward and are restricted to non-Hispanic whites (N... Read More
Martin Luther would have thought "anti-christ" too kind a descriptor for the Argentinian vicar. But is it really fair to accuse Francis of being Mephistopheles' man? It's not that he is on the side of the devils, it's just that he's on the side of the Jews and the atheists (hey, quiet you!). The following... Read More