Wednesday, November 1, 2006

The Crux of the Problem: Atheism

The latest Harris Poll provides some startling beliefs out there among people who claim religious affiliation...the Jews it seem have barely any certianity that God exists, Catholics aren't much better...I guess for many this is another item in the cafeteria line...


Among the various religious groups, 76 percent of Protestants, 64 percent of Catholics and 30 percent of Jews said they are "absolutely certain" there is a God while 93 percent of Christians who describe themselves as "Born Again" feel certain God exists.

When questioned on whether God is male or female, 36 percent of respondents said they think God is male, 37 percent said neither male nor female and 10 percent said "both male and female."

Only one percent think of God as a female, according to the poll.

Asked whether God has a human form, 41 percent said they think of God as "a spirit or power than can take on human form but is not inherently human."

As to whether God controls events on Earth, 29 percent believe that to be the case while 44 percent said God "observes but does not control what happens on Earth".

1 comment:

  1. This is yet another example of why government by consensus is ruining parish life. Whatever models of the Church before the Council had against them, there was at least the mindset that activities and initiatives should be directed by those who had demonstrated the most dedication to seeking holiness. Now everything is done by consensus (or pocketbook), and the result is that you have any number of de facto atheists, agnostics, or at best theists running around deciding the best way to conduct liturgy, catechesis, and fellowship. Worse, priests and lay leaders deliberately target their activities and materials to this demographic. Bring back the model of the Church that aspires to be the Bride of Christ and seeks at the same time to manage the task of being all things to all people. Get rid of the model that aspires to be all things to all people while somehow managing (or not, whatever) to be that Bride-of-Christ thing (yawn).


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