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Young Americans, Faithless and Fatherless

Russell68 Wrote: Jul 05, 2012 8:20 PM
Right. Atheists don't accept iron age morality tales as divine truths because daddy didn't love them enough. It can't be that it's nonsense. It's clearly their fault.

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...