Recovering from Religion

CNN posted an article about a fundamentalist preacher who, after 25 years, ‘came out’ as an atheist. Jerry DeWitt is now an avowed atheist, and his audiences are made up of religious “nones,” the growing number of Americans who are atheist, agnostic, humanist or just plain disinterested in identifying with a religion. Today, DeWitt preaches a gospel of disbelief.

During his speeches, he talks about the process of leaving his preacher job. “If you don’t believe, then you will be like me you’ll suddenly find yourself where you only have two choices,” DeWitt told a group in Johnson County, Kansas, earlier this year.

“You can either be honest that you don’t believe … or you can pretend that you do,” he said. “Which is what so many people are doing and that is called faith.”

Yesterday there was an article about the Millennial generation ‘believing in God’ at a rate much lower than previous generations. About 68 percent of Millennials say they never doubt the existence of God, a decline of 15 points since 2007.

God?

Seriously?

Recovering from Religion

The Pew Forum released a study last week that distinguishes the ‘belief systems’ of Republicans from Democrats.  In 1987, for example, 91% of Republicans said they never doubt the existence of God, as did 88% of Democrats and 86% of independents. Today, 92% of Republicans continue to say they never doubt God’s existence, but the numbers of Democrats and independents saying this have fallen (to 77% among Democrats and 76% among independents).

Is this why the GOP is referred to as God’s Own Party?  Is this why so many Republicans believe crazy stuff?   Isn’t it odd that God’s Own Party works hard to take money from the poor and the disadvantaged and give it to those who already have?

I must be nuts!

Pew Forum

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11 thoughts on “Recovering from Religion

        1. True is an interesting choice of words, my friend. I was listening to the Diane Rhem show yesterday, topic: the Vatican and the Nuns. An apologist for the Vatican spoke a ‘language’ so foreign to me that I took note of it. Although it was perfect English, the words he chose were as bazaar to my ears as a foreign tongue- the kind of verbiage you and I grew up with that I hadn’t heard in decades.

          He spoke of the ‘true faith.’ Analyzing that paring of words, one notes that faith is belief and true is, well true. How can a belief be true? Seems to me that it only works in an alternate reality and/or psychotic people.

  1. BTW, the leading catholic nun, whom the vatican akins to a
    “radical feminist”, lol, will be intervened by Andrea Mitchell at
    one on msnbc.

    1. The Vatican. That’s an interesting phrase, my friend. What does it mean to you and what does it mean to the conservative Catholic- rosary beads entangled in hand?

  2. And, where is this topic getting you? We have pretty well examined
    this non-changing issue for some time. I realize that it doesn’t
    require your political thinking in the same manner as challenging
    you on your political positions and candidate support. Moreover,
    your namesakes were not much into religion. The muckrakers
    wrote on economics, politics, finances, the lack of social mobility.
    TR may have coined the term “muckrakers” as a negative
    description of progressive writers, he himself became a muckraker
    in his speeches and writings as we have seen There really was
    not much religious commentary by the muckrakers.

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