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February 28, 2015

Majority Believe Religion Can Answer Today’s Problems

Gallup: “Fifty-seven percent of Americans say that religion can answer all or most of today’s problems, while 30% say that religion is largely old fashioned and out of date. Americans have in recent decades become gradually less likely to say that religion can answer today’s problems and more likely to believe religion is out of date.”

“Over the past 40 years, there has been a gradual shift in Americans’ views of the relevance of religion in answering today’s problems, with an increasing, but still minority, segment saying that religion is old fashioned and out of date.”

“Still, the majority of Americans continue to believe that religion can answer today’s problems, another indicator that the nation, by far, remains a religious country. And, with the trend leveling off in recent years, it appears this aspect of the secularization of U.S. society may have slowed, if not halted, for the foreseeable future.”

Do you believe that religion can answer all or most of today's problems, or that religion is largely old fashioned and out of date?

  • Wynstone

    Religion is causing more problems than it solves. It will always be with us though because superstition is a inevitable as long as mysteries of existence remain and they always will because our consciousness is too limited to comprehend all the answers.

  • jodamiller

    Yes, because it’s done such a stellar job for the past 4000 years.

    • Micheal Planck

      Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

  • snickering

    I’m thinking religion (religious zealots) are causing a lot of problems.

    • MVH1

      All over the world.

      • UnionLeague

        …and the US too.

  • CA_Guy

    Religion per se will not solve any problems. But actually living the tenets of religions might.

    • Wynstone

      Problem is, most popular religions give you an out, forgiveness, for not living the tenets. Why follow a rule there is no consequence for breaking?

      • CA_Guy

        The consequence is the world we live in. There are no outs. ;-)

        • Wynstone

          Somebody always tries to beat the system. As long as they hide in their gated communities, they are insulated from consequences.

          • MVH1

            And their gated consciousnesses.

    • Micheal Planck

      Which tenets? Selling your daughter into slavery? Killing everything that breathes? Murdering people for picking up sticks on the weekend?

      Living the tenets of an imaginary religion that exists only in your head would probably solve a lot of problems, but unfortunately that isn’t an option.

  • embo66

    You gotta love the idiocy of the poll question, too.

  • MVH1

    At the rate the new “Christians” are going, the country should become atheists any minute.

  • UnionLeague

    Religion is not the solution, religion is the problem.

  • bpai99

    Yeah – I notice that suicide bombers and those who mutilate the genitals of children are exclusively people of faith. Religion gave them the answers to justify those actions.

    “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.” – Susan B. Anthony

  • scientist57

    Religion is doing such a good job in the ME.

    “If you believe in things that you don’t understand then you suffer. Superstition ain’t the way.”

    This majority should be sentenced to studying Kant’s transcendental arguments.

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