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Young Americans, Faithless and Fatherless

scoobydoosmj Wrote: Jul 05, 2012 11:58 AM
All I know is I grew up with a strong loving catholic father. My parents are still married to this day. But I always considered religion fictional.
annfan_777 Wrote: Jul 05, 2012 1:08 PM
If you feel that religion is "fictional", that indicates that you're intellectually lazy and unwilling to take the time to do your homework.
scoobydoosmj Wrote: Jul 05, 2012 1:35 PM
I've done plenty of homework. Lets face it religious people belive all religions are fictitious except for theirs. I belive they're all fake. Relegion was always about 3 things, community, how to explain things they don't understand, and entertainment.
Bill1895 Wrote: Jul 05, 2012 1:44 PM
Rochesternative Wrote: Jul 05, 2012 10:40 PM
I think you need to explore outside the Catholic Church. When you do I suspect you will discover that there is quite a lot to "religion". Read "A Case for Faith", it was written by a former athiest. This is not to say that there are not real Christians in the Catholic church, but sometimes it is ha rd to see truth around pagentry.
Dean197 Wrote: Jul 06, 2012 9:01 AM
The thing about former atheists is that they never seem to have logical reasons for converting. They convert for emotional reasons. That's okay, to each their own, but we're always wondering what 'killer argument' convinced an atheist to convert and they never have one to offer. We already acknowledge that people can convince themselves of almost anything if they try hard enough. That doesn't make what they've convinced themselves of, true. I'm particularly disappointed by a former atheist who writes a book that doesn't show any understanding of what most atheists are looking for in the way of reasons to believe.

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...