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seems like it's really only 71%. that is not alarming as you and the author want this to sound. carlin and some here are in the 8% and then all the coonfused in the left over 21%.
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God is the only thing that matters. Coming from a simple man.
More than the concept of a nation?
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More than the concept of a nation?
OK,who's been taking bigger gulps tonight? (Or puffs as the case may be).

"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful" - Seneca
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Or a universal spirit.

Now this gives me HOPE

http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/...-survey-shows/
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Some U.S. atheists seem to be confused, Pew survey shows
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Christopher Hitchens, 14 Sept 2005/Shannon StapletonThere seems to be some confusion among self-described U.S. atheists, at least according to the second part of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life’s monumental “U.S. Religious Landscape Survey” that was issued today.

It found that 92 percent of Americans believe in God or a universal spirit, with 71 percent of those surveyed saying they were “absolutely certain” on this score.

Curiously, more than one fifth — 21 percent — of those who counted themselves as atheists said they believed in God while eight percent expressed absolute certainty about this state of affairs.

One thing does seem absolutely certain: at least a few U.S. atheists must be confused.

My “Dictionary of Beliefs and Religions” (Wordsworth Reference Series, 1992) begins its definition of the word “atheism” in the following manner: “The denial of the existence of God or gods.”

One wonders what dyed-in-the-wool atheists like Christopher Hitchens – no confusion about his stance — would say about this lot. Probably nothing very kind.

Among U.S. agnostics, 55 percent professed a belief in God and 17 percent were absolutely certain. The dictionary cited above though says that a defining characteristic of an agnostic is that they “claim ignorance” on such matters and so one wonders how they can be so certain.

America’s high levels of belief and spiritual devotion do set it apart from most affluent nations, a trait that is often commented on. But could it be that its levels of “belief” are also higher among “unbelievers?”
I think they believe in "The Audacity of Hope".

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OK,who's been taking bigger gulps tonight? (Or puffs as the case may be).
I smell biscuits, my wife is making cookies
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"In the Bullshit Department, a businessman can't hold a candle to a clergyman. 'Cause I gotta tell you the truth, folks. When it comes to bullshit, big-time, major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims: religion. No contest. No contest. Religion. Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told.

Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man -- living in the sky -- who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!

But He loves you.

He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, you talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit!"

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Is God a good thing or a bad thing?
Depends on your agenda.
I'm not into organized religion. I take my children to different types of churches so they have a better view and tolerance of others beliefs.

I still don't get born again Christians. If you were christian once, then how are you born again? Also Evangelists what's up with that? The first time I visited one of those churches it scared me to death. People laying hands on each other speaking in tongues and running up and down the isles. I thought I was in a cult.
I was raised a Presby and it is still my preferred organized religion. But, we should all have open minds and hearts. There is no reason to push what you believe on others, unless they seek your opinion.

I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way.
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speaking in tongues and running up and down the isles. I thought I was in a cult.
I request a little more tolerance for us tongues speakers.
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I request a little more tolerance for us tongues speakers.
I was just saying I had never experienced anything like that before, not that it is wrong. It was just a shock to me, and a bit scary. I have gone back to those types of churches since. You should experience different things so you know what YOU truly believe.

I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way.
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I was just saying I had never experienced anything like that before, not that it is wrong. It was just a shock to me, and a bit scary. I have gone back to those types of churches since. You should experience different things so you know what YOU truly believe.
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