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PostSubject: Americans: Undecided About God?   Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:08 pm

I wonder if this guy has ever heard of Deism or Unitarianism?

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...For a nation of talkers and self-confessors, we are terrible when it comes to talking about God. The discourse has been co-opted by the True Believers, on one hand, and Angry Atheists on the other. What about the rest of us?

The rest of us, it turns out, constitute the nationís fastest-growing religious demographic. We are the Nones, the roughly 12 percent of people who say they have no religious affiliation at all. The percentage is even higher among young people; at least a quarter are Nones.

Apparently, a growing number of Americans are running from organized religion, but by no means running from God. On average 93 percent of those surveyed say they believe in God or a higher power; this holds true for most Nones ó just 7 percent of whom describe themselves as atheists, according to a survey by Trinity College...

...We are more religiously polarized than ever. In my secular, urban and urbane world, God is rarely spoken of, except in mocking, derisive tones. It is acceptable to cite the latest academic study on, say, happiness or, even better, whip out a brain scan, but God? He is for suckers, and Republicans.

I used to be that way, too, until a health scare and the onset of middle age created a crisis of faith, and I ventured to the other side. I quickly discovered that I didnít fit there, either. I am not a True Believer. I am a rationalist. I believe the Enlightenment was a very good thing, and donít wish to return to an age of raw superstition...

...We need a Steve Jobs of religion. Someone (or ones) who can invent not a new religion but, rather, a new way of being religious. Like Mr. Jobsís creations, this new way would be straightforward and unencumbered and absolutely intuitive. Most important, it would be highly interactive. I imagine a religious space that celebrates doubt, encourages experimentation and allows one to utter the word God without embarrassment. A religious operating system for the Nones among us. And for all of us.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/11/opinion/sunday/americans-and-god.html?_r=2

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PostSubject: Re: Americans: Undecided About God?   Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:54 am

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PostSubject: Re: Americans: Undecided About God?   Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:19 pm

Ha ha ha... I actually kind of like that. It's got a certain poetic quality to it. I think I'll keep it up there. Smile

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