The first video in the series is simply called “Bart Ehrman,” but the series covers the issue thoroughly.
“What these findings reflect is that in the U.S. atheists are for the most part ‘made’ as adults after being raised in another faith. It appears to be much more challenging to raise one’s child as an atheist and have them maintain this identity in their life,” Dr. Mark Gray wrote at CARA’s blog.
Gray also noted that, “of those raised as atheists, 30% are now affiliated with a Protestant denomination, 10% are Catholic, 2% are Jewish, 1% are Mormon, and 1% are Pagan.”
Jehovah’s Witness, congregationalist and holiness churches had the next lowest retention rates at 37 percent, 37 percent and 32 percent, respectively. Thirty-eight percent of those who grew up with no particular religious faith or belief system remained that way.
That’s right. We’re even lower than Jehovah’s Witnesses, who were the second (or was it third? This stupid post makes it hard to tell!) lowest group mentioned. This is kind of a bummer. Until you realize that, technically, we kicked their asses.
Really, it’s just measuring how many people remain in these groups who were raised to be members of them. I’m not sure what that means for the rest of us who turned to them later in life.
Someone took my 2nd most evil dream and actually went and did it. This, or a Watchtower Channel, would give me many hours of glorious riffing right in the comfort of my own home. If only the Society would bring back it’s old radio stations from yesteryear, we could all be having a blast right now.
Alas, I’m having a hard time believing that the Scientology Channel will come to pass. But the mere possibility of it deserves at least mention. If only in anticipation of the crazy that must follow.
Please, please, PLEASE do this Scientology. For me. And let us know if the Watchtower Society contacts you about the details of how it was done.
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And while you’re at it, I dare you NOT to visit the YouTube page and check the comments. And no, you can’t rate the video. (Typical.) Incidentally, I was as curious about this group as you probably are, especially in light of the fact that the video has a strong religious vibe. Before you ask, yes, the group is all about stopping gay marriage. Big shock.
Does anyone know how letting gays marry hurts the institution of marriage? Anyone? Anyone? Didn’t think so. But thanks for playing.
With the rise of the Religious Right in this country and the temporary liberal backlash that was seen in the election of Barack Obama, which led to a similar backswing right back to the right in the election of many Tea Party freshmen to the House of Representatives. There has been a rise in religious undertones in this country. There has also been a large increase in the number of people that publicly subscribe to conspiracy theories and what many mainstream people would outlandish ideas.