[lit-ideas] Re: Reason and Politics

  • From: Walter Okshevsky <wokshevs@xxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2006 13:23:54 -0330 (NST)

Does one require certainty in order to be religious? I thought the idea
was that if you couldn't get by on faith alone, you couldn't afford to be
religious. Religion in that sense is like friendship.

Walter C. Okshevsky
MUN


On Wed, 1 Nov 2006, Eric Yost wrote:

> John wrote: The problem in the U.S. today is not that
> religious believers are too religious; the problem is that
> they are not religious enough!
>
> ____
>
> Nearly half of Americans uncertain God exists: poll
> Oct 31 6:52 PM US/Eastern
>
>
> Nearly half of Americans are not sure God exists, according
> to a poll that also found divisions among the public on
> whether God is male or female or whether God has a human
> form and has control over events.
>
> The survey conducted by Harris Poll found that 42 percent of
> US adults are not "absolutely certain" there is a God
> compared to 34 percent who felt that way when asked the same
> question three years ago.
>
> Among the various religious groups, 76 percent of
> Protestants, 64 percent of Catholics and 30 percent of Jews
> said they are "absolutely certain" there is a God while 93
> percent of Christians who describe themselves as "Born
> Again" feel certain God exists.
>
> When questioned on whether God is male or female, 36 percent
> of respondents said they think God is male, 37 percent said
> neither male nor female and 10 percent said "both male and
> female."
>
> Only one percent think of God as a female, according to the
> poll.
>
> Asked whether God has a human form, 41 percent said they
> think of God as "a spirit or power than can take on human
> form but is not inherently human."
>
> As to whether God controls events on Earth, 29 percent
> believe that to be the case while 44 percent said God
> "observes but does not control what happens on Earth".
>
> The survey was conducted online between October 4 and 10
> among 2,010 US adults.
>
> http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/10/31/061031235233.s0l4o4wy.html
>
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