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Young Americans, Faithless and Fatherless

gmarshall162 Wrote: Jul 06, 2012 12:54 PM
Well, I am someone that personally debunks this whole argument. I have a great relationship with my father. Always have, he is the number one role model in my life and though he is a Catholic, I am an atheist. Sorry, but the main reason people "lose faith" (horrible phrase). Is simply because they no longer find the evidence compelling to believe in whatever deity we are speaking of, sounds like Vitz, is a bit guilty of using personal experience as an argument and then finding examples of other nonbelievers that fit his model.

According to a recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, almost one in three Americans under the age of 30 doubt that God exists, while, in contrast, the figure for Americans over the age of 65 is less than one in ten. Could there be a connection between the fatherlessness of this younger generation and their struggles with faith? According to a theory called “the psychology of atheism,” the answer might well be yes.

But first, some caveats. 1) There are many reasons why people struggle with the issue of faith, so it would be wrong to think that “one...