Yeah, I know… It might be because for those who pursue education, the more that they see the theological mess which we have made for ourselves in exclusion:
People change their perspective because, as people move through high school and college, they acquire an ever-wider range of friendships, including people with different beliefs than their own, Schwadel says. “People don’t want to say their friends are going to hell,” he says.
For each additional year of education beyond seventh grade, Americans are:
•15% more likely to have attended religious services in the past week.
•14% more likely to say they believe in a “higher power” than in a personal God. “More than 90% believe in some sort of divinity,” Schwadel says.
•13% more likely to switch to a mainline Protestant denomination that is “less strict, less likely to impose rules of behavior on your daily life” than their childhood religion.
•13% less likely to say the Bible is the “actual word of God.” The educated, like most folks in general, tend to say the Bible is the “inspired word” of God, Schwadel says.
Agreed. I attend services on Sunday morning, although I am usually at the church for at least twice a week, more in the fall and Spring. More than a divinity. God. I have switched to a mainline Protestant church. And I do believe that the bible is the inspired word of God. But, some of this came through education, some by revelation and some through self-realization of the dirtiness of fundamentalism.
- Atheists Do Not Choose to Be Atheists (atheistrev.com)
- Why Can’t Atheists Get Along? (dangeroustalk.net)
- Backfire Effect, Oppressed Minority, & Political Divide (benjamindavidsteele.wordpress.com)
- The Coming Rise of Fematheism (anythingbuttheist.blogspot.com)