96% of people believe in god

According to the reputable TV Guide.

But if you change the question to be a bit more specific — “Are you absolutely certain in the existence of god?” — 42% will say no.

My education in psychology, or more specifically psychometric, taught me to view all subjective response surveys with a critical eye. That is, the answer is wholly dependent on the question, and many times the questioner. A simple and sometime harmless change in the question can render a completely different response.

What is interesting to me is the difference in “absolute certainty” found in difference religious denominations.

76 percent of Protestants, 64 percent of Catholics, and 30 percent of Jews say they are “absolutely certain” there is a God. However, most Christians who describe themselves as “Born Again” (93%) are absolutely certain there is a God.

That is some consistent certainty.

Also, it is interesting to see what demographics tend to have more “absolute certainty” than others — 50 and over, female, African Americans, republicans, and with no college education.

But they do agree on one thing — god is *not* a female. Only 1% of people found this to be true (and I assume with absolute certainty). The public is almost equally divided between those who think of God as male (36%) and “neither male nor female” (37%), with 10 percent saying “both male and female.”

Thankfully, this type of fanatical thinking is on the decline. Three years ago 79% of adults stated they believed in god and 66% were absolutely certain in the existence of god. Now, 73% believe and 58% are certain. If this remains linear, in about 25 years more people will be certain in the non-existence as the existence.

Note: I’m not saying anyone is right. I’m just considered with a position such as “absolute certainty”. I respect, or at least understand, the Doubting Thomas. Typically, the only thing I am going to be absolute certain about are mathematical facts (1+1=2).


3 thoughts on “96% of people believe in god

  1. Typically, the only thing I am going to be absolute certain about are mathematical facts (1+1=2).

    Exactly. It demeans the concept of “absolute certainty” to apply it to untestable, undetectable supernatural beings and mythologies.

    Now, which is more puzzling, fanatics who are absolutely sure of something with no evidence, or atheists who believe in god?

  2. It seems to me that it would be easier, and thus best, to believe with absolutely certainty in the non-existence of something than to be absolute certain in the existence of something that can’t be measured or tested. The former have the benefit of saying “show me the proof, I can’t believe in this (and furthermore conform my live and values around this belief) until I have some form of quantifiable evidence. The latter have…blind faith?

    I suppose an analogy would be a scientific held belief that the world is round, but with no evidence in either way other than sight. Fortunately, holding the belief that the world is flat doesn’t hurt you terribly or those around you (unless you are going to kill those that say differently).

    The gray in between? They are just looking for a label that doesn’t sound wishy-washy (agnostic). I doubt the word was intended to give every doubting thomas a home.

    Just pick a belief in live it with conviction. You’ll find out if you are “right” when you are dead. If there is an afterlife or reincarnation, good for those that lived a life as such! Enjoy heaven *and* being right. If there isn’t, well what a possible waste of your only brief life living according to arbitrary restrictions, doctrines, and authority figures.

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