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    Atheism is on the rise throughout the Developed World. There is a distinct relationship between wealth, and atheism, as well as between quality of life and atheism.

    In Sweden up to 85% of its population who are agnostic or atheist.

    http://www.adherents.com/largecom/com_atheist.html

    http://goscandinavia.about.com/b/2007/0 ... avia-1.htm



    Meanwhile Dawkins is chipping away at the US



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FARDDcdFaQ&NR=1

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    It's great to see rational thought replacing superstition, but sometimes I wonder are we throwing out one set of values and replacing them with nothing at all.

    Though I'm an atheist, I'd rather take my kids to mass on a Sunday than take them shopping.
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    Quizmaster,

    I didn't realise it was an either/or choice. You can bring your kids to the park if you want, or spend Sunday morning having fun in some other way, can't you?

    Plenty of irreligious people have values, good values, in fact, better values than religious people based on good sound empirical principals. The irreligious majority in the Scandinavian countries are hardly more immoral than the religious majority in this one, are they? So, that would suggest that morals are in some way universal, despite religion.

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    See George Carlin on the ten commandments

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyWEBbFwU1o
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    Default Re: The Rise of Atheism

    Quote Originally Posted by mairteenpak
    Atheism is on the rise throughout the Developed World.
    I thought that it was selfish greed and consumerism Or are they the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by White Horse
    Quote Originally Posted by mairteenpak
    Atheism is on the rise throughout the Developed World.
    I thought that it was selfish greed and consumerism Or are they the same thing.

    Why imply that Atheists are less are less moral than theists?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmesis
    The irreligious majority in the Scandinavian countries are hardly more immoral than the religious majority in this one, are they?
    Scandinavians are "irreligious" now, are they? not from my experience. far from it. Church attendence doesn't have anything to do with religious conviction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mairteenpak
    Quote Originally Posted by White Horse
    Quote Originally Posted by mairteenpak
    Atheism is on the rise throughout the Developed World.
    I thought that it was selfish greed and consumerism Or are they the same thing.

    Why imply that Atheists are less are less moral than theists?
    Consumerism is a moral code. Remember the mantra "greed is good".

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    Atheists are a bore. They worship a second rate polemicist like Dawkins more fervently than their granny prayed to the BVM yet they fancy themselves as radical thinkers for simply going along with the spirit of the age. If you are under thirty please disregard this criticism. You are entitled to be a bit naive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mairteenpak
    There is a distinct relationship between wealth, and atheism, as well as between quality of life and atheism.
    The relationship isn't with wealth, it's education!

    Agnosticism and non practicing religious beliefs (ie people who don't go to mass but say they are catholic/protestant etc) are also on the rise. People aren't ditching their god completely, they just are no longer sure about the traditional orthodox teaching.
    "Truth, in the matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived" - Oscar Wilde

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