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Czech Republic: Most Atheist Country in Europe?

By February 15, 2006

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The Czech Republic may be a great place to live for atheists - even those Czechs who aren't atheist are, by and large, disdainful of organized religion. A recent poll and found that only 33.6% of Czechs belong to a religion and only 11.7% attend services once a month or more. That's the lowest rate for any country in Europe aside from Estonia.

More importantly, perhaps, is the fact that Czechs are quite proud of this. A couple of years ago, the LA Times quoted Lawrence Cada:

There’s a hostility toward what religion did to them in the past. The Czechs say they’re the most atheist country in Europe, and they say it with some pride This is how Western civilization may look in 50 years, because people here believe they live a full life without any religion.

Roman Catholicism is the traditional religion of this region, but people aren’t giving it much attention. They see it as a religion of oppression and there aren’t enough priests to meet what little demand there is for them — it isn’t uncommon or one priest to have to travel to nine parishes to celebrate Mass. According to psychiatrist Libor Growsky:

I’m a nonbeliever. It’s connected to our history. Religion limited the freedom of the people. I don’t see a difference between the Communists and the Catholics. They each want people to comply with their ideals My sense of morality comes from literature and my family.

Perhaps the most telling symbol of this is St. Vitus Cathedral, the Gothic centerpiece of Hradcany Castle. The Roman Catholic Church wants to regain control of it. The government, however, views it as a museum for the past and wants to keep it that way. A fitting state of affairs, it seems to me.

 

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April 24, 2006 at 5:10 pm
(1) Secret says:

This is wrong. besides.. a poll? Sweden is the most atheistic country. Not only in Europe, but in the world. Only about 4-5% goes to church regulary.

April 5, 2011 at 11:47 am
(2) Redskin says:

That doesn’t mean 95% are atheist. They may have many that don’t have a religious preference or are non practicing like many catholics and baptists in the U.S.

May 8, 2006 at 4:12 pm
(3) Eso says:

As Czech myself, I believe, that in Czech republic goes regulary to church less that 4%. I don’t, anyway, I and know only one people, who does – my grandparents.

September 11, 2006 at 1:12 pm
(4) Jitka says:

What about this Czech atheist prayer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsV0Vbo-rcA

March 6, 2007 at 4:18 pm
(5) Petra says:

I’m Czech myself and I’m a nonbeliever, too, along with my whole family (parents, grandparents, etc.)

October 5, 2007 at 10:26 am
(6) Karl says:

You do realize that religion is making a comeback in that country? Islam has really been making inroads into that country.
http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2004-03/13/article09.shtml

November 7, 2008 at 7:55 pm
(7) MONTU CHOPRA says:

im pretty sure china is the most atheist country in the world

January 13, 2009 at 9:08 am
(8) corvino says:

Yeah i agree with the commentor up top. Religion isn’t dying in czech just the catholic church. Islam is becoming increasingly more powerful with the soaring birth and immigration of Muslims. On top of that the countries that are most atheist also having the most rapidly declining populations in europe as well. It’s no secret that many scholars in the eu believe czech republic along with france and sweden are set to be predominantly Muslim nations by 2030.

April 16, 2011 at 6:21 am
(9) Benny says:

This is bull****. The same tired Islam-conspiracy-paranoia that is being pushed by all right wing extremists across Europe.

January 29, 2009 at 6:42 am
(10) Kulin says:

I’m Czech and I do not know a single Muslim, I do not know about a single mosque. I have few friends from Iran and Iraq and they are mostly atheists, one is Christian. If any Muslims come in, and if few (who are luck) get visas to stay, then I think at least for one generation they stuck with the way of life here.

February 22, 2009 at 2:54 pm
(11) Marty says:

I’m from Czech Republic too, more corectly from Pilsen. There is almost no religon. No Christian, no Islam, no Judaism. Well, there should be some Catholics, but one can wander thru city (175.000 citizens) all day and find noone who looks like priest, nun, like these people. Some people maybe do believe in something, but almost nobody wants others to know. Not in public. Why ? They’re afraid ? Nope, we are peaceful city. So why, are they embarassed ? That’s it, they must be embarassed.
And to this Islam question, I’m traveling to school/work through city every day. One do recognize Muslim at sight, but I can’t remember that I’ve seen one bloody Islam believer in my whole life. More than twenty years, every day in Pilsen and I haven’t seen anyone who looked like he can be Islam believer. Why ? 1)They can be in disguise 2)I can just miss them 3)I’m not good at remembering things 4)They’re not here. Last one is correct and I’m glad that is.

March 7, 2009 at 6:45 pm
(12) dule says:

Czech Republic here i come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 10, 2009 at 7:53 pm
(13) Skeptic says:

I am pretty certain China is NOT the most atheist country in the world. Buddhism still has a strong cultural influence in China. Most Chinese do not belong to an organized religion. However, they still believe in some forms of supernaturalism, ancestral worship, and prayers. If I had to make an educated guess I would say Japan is the most atheist country in the world.

March 11, 2009 at 4:19 pm
(14) Petrit says:

Albania was the world’s first officially atheist country, in 1967.

March 11, 2009 at 4:21 pm
(15) petrit says:

Albania was the world’s first and only OFFICIALLY atheist country, in 1967, so the most atheist in the world.

May 1, 2009 at 7:40 am
(16) kate jurek says:

japan has all your Buddhism, supernaturalism, ancestral worship, and prayers. in addition to that they have shintoism. japan is what china was before the communist revolution. while china had outlawed religion for many years, japan never had that, and therefore preserved all the buddhism, super naturalism, and ancestor worship. that skeptic is obviously an uneducated skeptic.

May 24, 2009 at 2:06 pm
(17) Akira says:

Officially atheist is just a stupid way of saying that the government supressed some expressions of religion, but then so what? Tons of Christian countries did this to their own Christian believers for very insignificant differences, tons of Christian countries fought against each other in the Thirty Years war and the French wars of religion. Albania is still a muslim majority and religious freedom is guaranteed nowadays.
As for Japan, it’s true that it has Buddhism. However, high estimates such as 90% come primarily from birth records, following a longstanding practice of family lines being officially associated with a local Buddhist temple. Japan has a large and thriving Buddhist community, but surveys indicate it to be closer to 20% of the population
For the vast majority of Japanese, Buddhism is just philosophy and Shintoism is just respect for nature, hardly anyone believes that trees have spirits anymore. Though once they were much more religious and had State Shinto, that period was during WW2
Phil Zuckerman concludes that two-thirds of Japanese are atheists, Professor Kisala estimated that only 30% of Japanese adhere to a religion. Japan might not be the most atheist, but with this we can conclude that Japan definitely has an atheist/irreligious majority

July 28, 2009 at 11:21 am
(18) Jan says:

Believing in existence of god, Allah, Buddha, etc. is the biggest brainwash that exist!!
That’s why you have wars! Your believe will make you say YES to killing (Iraq, Afghanistan, you name it).

September 7, 2009 at 4:30 pm
(19) Grant says:

Hey corvino! The Czech Republic, Sweden and France will be Muslim by 2030??? Good luck with that one! I guess those “scholars” you refer to should thank you for regurgitating their words. Do your research and find some real scholars. Better yet, talk to the citizens of the above mentioned countries.

September 12, 2009 at 3:15 am
(20) Petra says:

I am from the Czech Republic and I do strongly believe in GOD, but I would never follow any religion. I do not know how about the other religions, but all the major ones( Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism) are bad and they use the fear of GOD to control people´s life. How comes that in the 21st century someone follows so back warding opinions. How can someone let the religion control their opinions (on for example: homosexuality, euthanasia,..) and how can they make you think GOD will punish you for sex before marriage,…It is insane. Religions just control your life and tell you what to do and think. They give limits to people´s life by setting up life patterns and by telling them that GOD will punish them if they don´t obey the rules.
I have travelled all around the world and have had friends of various cultures and religions so I do know enough to say this.
In Czech Republic we do not follow any religion and still we know what is good and what is bad. Our parents, teachers,….thought us and a common sense leads us. We don´t need a religion to tell us. All my friends from various countries always say that Czech people have a lot of freedom in themselves and yes it is truth. In the history there was always someone ruling us so now when we are a free country we will not volunteeringly give up our freedom.

September 26, 2009 at 12:52 pm
(21) Matthew says:

I think that czechs are not “faithless”
But they do not like religion and authorities.
From wiev of most czech people is religion some kind of political tool.This is historical experience of Czech nation.
I am from Slovakia and i know lot of czech.They are very
humanistic and cultural people.

October 1, 2009 at 5:53 am
(22) Funez says:

WE BELIEVE IN THE GOOD IN PEOPLES HEARTS
no more imaginary friends
&
while drinking our best Beer
we share ourselves with our friends and families
cause we know now, that there is nothing more important, than a nice RELATIONSHIP

October 19, 2009 at 9:26 pm
(23) brahman says:

I love Czech people. Their viewpoints are so cool. Much better than idiots pushing imaginary gods on you. I would love to have a beer with you, Funez.

October 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm
(24) Zuzana says:

Yes the Czech republic is the most atheist country in the worl…we love science, we always questioned the church and the people who impose religion on us in the first place were our occupiers…we will not follow a foreign influence ever again.

December 24, 2009 at 5:27 am
(25) David says:

I`m a believing person, recently rather an unregular churchgoer. However, while pursuing my religious studies at university I learnt to deal with religious issues critically. I admit that there might be an authentic atheism,a such one as we find in Sartre`s existencialism, I dare say a “healthful” atheism provoking to think by asking questions which the religious authorities sometimes sweep under the carpet or may give dully answers. But I think that the atheism in my country, I`m Czech too, isn`t in most cases of that kind. Usually it verges on cleaving to hollow argument patterns, like there are wars and cruelty in the world, so if there were a god, he would surely haven`t suffered it. Many find the idea of a higher being as such obsolete, reasoning that whoever still adheres to it must be a mentaly retarded person. Such views go down through entire Czech society, disregaring the education and social stance. It seems to me that the “No-God” of my fellow citizens is a twin or shadow of the God of the the lifeless Christian metaphysics, a construct-god well fitted into the currently rather outfashioned world view. Pre-arranged answers combat other pre-arranged answers. According to my opinion Czechs can`t be proud of their atheism because their way of handling the issue of religion lacks the profundity we can find for example with our German neighbours. Starting with Hegel, followed by Feuerbach and Nietzsche, Germany became the cradle of the idea of God`s death and a fierce critique of Jewish-Christian tradition. Later, the Nazi ideology assumed the role of fateful compensatory religion for many Germans. However, the German critical spirit took pain to deal with religion more justly than we find it in the Czech millieu. Martin Heidegger gave up his study of theology, but his philosophy of Being bears some marks of religiosity. Man as the “shepherd of Being” is called on to listen to the voice of this ineffable Mystery. C.G. Jung dissatisfied with the lifeless religiosity of his father, a Protestant pastor, found his own original way to approach it, inspiring generations to follow. On the other side, the theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer paid much attention to the critique of religion, seeing that Christianity, in order to keep its vitality, must give up or at least deconstruct the concept of God inherited from the medieval times. My point is that the Czech atheism is as much lifeless, non attractive and non appealing as many Church outfashioned ideas.
One more comment, I am a Lutheran. It`s not my intention to defend the Roman Catholicism here, but I think much harm has been done by ascribing it a contraproductive role in the history of the Czech nation. To a certain extent, this negative image was created by the historiography of the 19th century (above all František Palacký), which impartiality may be questioned. This image struck its roots deep into the public opinion, transforming into the prejudice.

January 7, 2010 at 6:47 am
(26) cranberryrob says:

Have you read “The Case For Christ” or “The Case For Faith” by Lee Strobel? Very interesting explanations within. Our Czech exchange student is learning a lot and realizing that there are other viewpoints.

January 7, 2010 at 7:06 am
(27) Austin Cline says:

Have you read “The Case For Christ” or “The Case For Faith” by Lee Strobel?

Yes, they are bad books written by an incredibly dishonest author.

Our Czech exchange student is learning a lot and realizing that there are other viewpoints.

It’s good to learn that there are dishonest Christians evangelists out there.

January 13, 2010 at 6:14 pm
(28) Brian says:

Hopefully the rest of the World, including my own country (Ireland) will some day follow in the footsteps of the Czechs, why people are still clinging onto crazy religious beliefs is beyond me. Unfortunately religious people only seem to recognise the good aspects of religion (moral teachings etc.) and seem to not realise that there’s so many negative consequences from supporting organised religion, everyday people are being killed in the name of religion, from the Catholic-Protestant killings in Northern Ireland to the Hindu-Sikh-Muslim massacres in India, from the Orthodox-Catholic-Muslim horror in former Yugoslavia to the Branch Davidian cult tragedy in Waco, Texas, religion is a powerful force that pits people against one another.

May 3, 2010 at 6:43 pm
(29) Morris G Bowers says:

The Bible says, Only a fool says in his heart there is no God. Are you a fool Without the Bible you would have no history of anything. It begins at the beginning, the fourth word in the Bible is God (Elohim), which means, plural dieties. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. Without that the Czeck people and all others would not have any idea where they came from of if they came at all.
Ciao
MOrris

May 31, 2010 at 1:15 am
(30) Sándor says:

Brian says
>Hopefully the rest of the World, including my own country (Ireland) will some day follow in the footsteps of the Czechs,

As you read above, in general highly atheistic countries have negative population growth. Surely you do not want your society to disappear. :-)

August 13, 2010 at 5:12 pm
(31) Sid says:

Countries with higher atheist numbers tend to be more pro-science. So I would hope that the depopulation problem is addressed in a scientific manner. Why did religion encourage childbirth? What specifically was taken away when the religion was taken away? What can this be replaced with that is logical and realistic? What stops people naturally wanting children when religion is removed? Fear of pregnancy or childbirth itself? Fear of no social or financial support? Less interest in sex itself? Perhaps the government should address these concerns too and offer more support for those willing to procreate. There needs to be more debate on this problem for the countries involved.

May 15, 2011 at 7:47 pm
(32) Gregory says:

My wife is Swedish and I am an American. I was raised in a Christian household and she wasn’t. Judging from what I’ve seen in Sweden my likely explanation between the fall in religion and the fall in population is likely due to the fall in marriage in those countries as well as the prevalence of abortions.

Swedish women (and now Czech women, thanks to porn) have a negative reputation as being sexually promiscuous. I think it’s no wonder that recreational attitude towards sex has resulted in people generally putting off long-term monogamous relationships. In Sweden marriage these days is rare. People generally form common-law relationships and stay unmarried for as long as they can stand each other. Those who can sustain in a relationship for long enough may settle down and have children but those who hop from relationship to relationship never develop that stability. Sweden has a pretty open immigration policy to accept more people because at their current rate there wont be a large enough working class to support the country.

August 13, 2010 at 5:19 pm
(33) Sid says:

In fact I would go so far as to suggest the government offers a salary to mothers (or fathers if they choose to be the stay-at-home parent). I realise this might be taboo, but if one incentive (religion) is taken away then it needs to be replaced with another. Procreation benefits a society and is a full time job, so why shouldn’t stay at home mothers be paid a wage? It would benefit the child (more attention and support from one or more parents), prevent depopulation in that society, free up more full time jobs for non-parents and get rid of the stigma that stay at home mothers face.

September 10, 2010 at 6:31 pm
(34) hans says:

Im from Czech aswell. I think here it is as it should be. There are some church goers. I lived in Vinohrady Prague and i was going daily with my dog aroud this church for a walk. On sunday there are some people coming (not too many) BUT!
The very important is, that faith here is STRICTLY personal thing here and NOBODY brings it up. Church has NO real power. The only time you see some higher priest on tv is before christmas taking for a bit how we should love each other. NO polititian EVER brings it up! Even Christian Democratic party NEVER brings it up…

October 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm
(35) Swagoto says:

Why do you want to make others believe what you believe? What makes you so sure that what you’re believing is the 100 % pure and truth? This is why I believe faith should be personal matter.

October 18, 2010 at 5:14 pm
(36) Austin Cline says:

Why do you want to make others believe what you believe?

I challenge you to show where I have ever expressed any such desire. I know you can’t, but unfortunately I doubt you’ll apologize for making a false accusation.

What makes you so sure that what you’re believing is the 100 % pure and truth?

I don’t, but I’m confident that my position is far better supported by the available evidence and basic logic.

This is why I believe faith should be personal matter.

Tell that to all the religious theists who keep promoting their beliefs. So long as they make their beliefs a public issue, you shouldn’t be concerned with the small minority who critique those beliefs.

March 11, 2011 at 11:23 am
(37) Faithfully Following says:

the passion that you feel when you have made a true connection with the love of Christ is what makes you sure… a feeling like that can’t be made up

June 2, 2011 at 11:58 pm
(38) Squirrel says:

Something that is only a “feeling” can’t be proved, either. Besides, making stuff up is pretty easy.

October 26, 2010 at 6:02 pm
(39) Dave Y says:

first off, Buddhism is a atheistic religion, the Buddha is not considered a God except by the most ignorant, and the mythological Gods of the Sutras are nothing like the Gods of the west, the have life spans as everything else does, they try to keep their mythology looking some what real!

I have seen alot of people here that seem to think that re4ligion is based on Gods, and the only religion in the east that has Gods is Hinduism, and again these Gods have life spans!

As much as you all would like to pretend that the Abrahamic traditions are the basis of religion, that is far from true, they are the basis of the three major religions of our time!

the problem you all have here is that your parents taught you that these belief systems are the basis of all belief, and if you look close, most other religions don’t hold belief very high as the Abrahamic traditions do, and that has to do with the fact the others want you to learn not worship, and that is some thing that westerners have a hard time with!
Atheism has little to do with the concept of an afterlife as much as it has to do with the idea that there is no judgment, some thing again that the western world has a difficult time with>

and, yes you will find Buddhists that believe in being Judged, and that has much more to do with the ignorance of the believer than what is actually taught!

December 19, 2010 at 5:53 pm
(40) HergotH says:

Im from czech republic.. and to make it clear:

1) there are few thousands muslims in the whole country. At max. Immigration is pretty big compared to the size, but mostly from the eastern and southern europe (russians, ukrainians) and smaller from few asian countries (vietnam, china).
Czech republic is very homogenous.

2) being atheist is there considered absolutely normal and common. Even most of those 30% (that are christians, other religions are virtually nonexistent) have it as very personal thing and rarely attend organized church.

Regular going to church is attended by perhaps 5% of population.
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But most important thing that it is not that majority of atheists there would reject or dislike catholic church. We like our many nice churches everywhere, we are proud of our statues and works of art dedicated to christianity, we are proud of our history and reformers that were reforming christians; lot of atheists have respect for christian priests, many atheists got even their children baptized, with respect for tradition. We do visit the church on christmas, we do build little paper Bethlehems with baby jesus next to the christmas tree, we tell children that its the baby jesus who gives presents…

Exept from few people, that are remnants of communist thinking on church and theism, there are no hard feelings toward the church or beleavers.

December 30, 2010 at 10:47 am
(41) jm0 says:

“.. few thousands muslims in the whole country. At max. ..”
So far. EU (read: France) has decided to redeploy its surplus and the first shipments are to be expected any moment now.
At this point a question comes to my mind:
“.. many scholars in the eu believe czech republic along with france and sweden are set to be predominantly Muslim nations by 2030 ..”
.. this is a prediction based on some statistics? Or is it a *plan*?

February 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm
(42) turkish says:

I am from Turkey which is the most religious countries around the world according to statistics (%95).

Actually western Turks are not that religious but they are not atheist neither. Maybe %20 of Turkish poppulation (almost all of them from western cities in Turkey) suspicious about Islam but not reject god completely.

I personally reject Islam but not sure about god. Islam is very hateful religion. Radically religious people treat bad to women. They are mostly narrowminded and not good with science, evolution etc.

Also there are political consequences of being religious country. There is always Islamic Party rules the country. Currently we have very religious government. Thanks god (!!!??? :) ) we still have democracy and secularism (ruling goverment against but they wouldnt confess yet)

Anyway, you people from Northern European countries are very lucky. You should be proud needless to say.

March 27, 2011 at 9:35 pm
(43) Breigh says:

I’m Czech and I’m a believer…It’s just the mass majority of people who live there who aren’t believers. They just get together to have similarities with others.

April 21, 2011 at 3:15 am
(44) Scandal says:

I never knew there was such a big percentage of non-religious population in the Czech republic. That is just great. I wish I lived there so I could get rid of the hypocrisy of these zealots that are everywhere and for every religion, all of them trying to limit your freedoms, make you feel worthless and, among other things, completely renounce what is rational and replace it with superstition. I am from Europe but now I am staying in Texas for one year and it is just amazing how people renounce what is rational and replace it with the superstition. It is just amazing how many people reject scientific facts in the favor of childish, irrational, immoral, irrational beliefs. I wish I lived in Czech republic so I wouldn’t be hated all my life for being an atheist. I had no idea there was such a big percentage of non-religious people in the Czech republic. I am so happy for you.

May 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm
(45) Arkande says:

Dont worry and be strong.I know it must bee so hard been atheist in catholic state.But you can move to Czech.They have own money…koruna….And one dollar is almost twenty koruna.
Every visitors comes to Czech Republic are millionars :-)

May 29, 2011 at 7:57 pm
(46) Wolf says:

Well, every visitor who has at least like 57,000 USD is a millionaire in CZK equivalent :) However for anyone tempted to move here, consider that an average net salary is around 1,000 USD per month, while the living costs are not significantly lower than in the Western world.

September 14, 2011 at 8:47 am
(47) Filip says:

I live in Czech Republic (im atheist) and no one from my friens are believers. (And i dont know any country where people hates you for your decision. And i dont feel there is any freedom, maybye force of habit, maybye.

June 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm
(48) Neil says:

I’d rather live in Italy.

July 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm
(49) Barry says:

After all the evils that organized religion has done to humankind over the centuries they are still around interfering in our private lives and our progress. More stars in the universe than grains of sand on earth. Pick up one grain and it represents our sun that has life on one of its planets. Is this the only one of the trillions of others? Of course not. There are millions of others, some far more advanced than us. To believe in God is being cowardly. It is far better to accept the hard truth than some reassuring fable.

December 19, 2011 at 10:56 am
(50) Panos says:

Yes it is true that czech republic is the most atheist country in Europe.Bear in mind that has the most corrupted sexually woman population! All maijor pornstars appeared in the internet, in DVD stores, magazines, at least here in Europe, come from Prague or other cities of the Czech Republic.To my mind there is a deep connection between immorality and the rejection of the christian faith.They simply have no moral limitations so they sell their body becoming pornstars. That a pity!

December 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm
(51) Austin Cline says:

To my mind there is a deep connection between immorality and the rejection of the christian faith.

So, every non-Christian is immoral?

December 20, 2011 at 11:03 am
(52) Panos says:

No. I did not say that all non-christians all immoral. To my mind it is more difficult for a christian(a true christian, not a simply baptised) to watch porn film, to make adultery, to be homosexual, to be corrupted, to sell his/her body, than an atheist. Of course there are many many atheist with moral limitations. I wish I solve the misunderstanding.

March 25, 2012 at 10:37 am
(53) jacek says:

i wish Poland was more like Czech Republic
pozdrowienia z Polski dla braci CZECHOW

April 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm
(54) TiFy says:

50) Panos says:
Yes it is true that czech republic is the most atheist country in Europe.Bear in mind that has the most corrupted sexually woman population! All maijor pornstars appeared in the internet, in DVD stores, magazines, at least here in Europe, come from Prague or other cities of the Czech Republic.To my mind there is a deep connection between immorality and the rejection of the christian faith.They simply have no moral limitations so they sell their body becoming pornstars. That a pity!

You wish… Most of the “pornstars” are imported from Russia or Germany. And your mind must be seriously damaged if you think “sex industry” has anything to do with lack of religion control. Its about money! believerboy , so start blaming capitalism and your very own human nature. By the way, lots of Czech people is disgusted and repulsed by even slightest sign of being hypotheticaly controled by any kind of religious organisation, and nowdays its getting worse thanks to Catholic church trying to steal what they stole back for themselves, to sell it to some prominent people around world.

April 16, 2012 at 1:30 am
(55) Spencer says:

From a Christian (Struggling) to Atheists/Agnostics, Muslims, Buddhists, Shinto…ists etc.

How about we call it a day and just get along? We’re all mortal, any political views we have will most likely never be met before we die. Why not just live and love each other? Get rid of groups, ethnicities, cultures, and just leave the co-existence. John Lennon style!

June 2, 2012 at 12:36 am
(56) lukova says:

I’m Romanian and lived in Czech Republic for a few years. Was a bit shocked at the beginning to note that you can’t attend an Easter Mass, etc., but shortly I understood that Czech nation does not need religious stimulus to manifest their genuine spirituality, great conscience and love for life. They are an example nation and sadly I had to tell many Romanians (90% declared God believers?!) that I would prefer see them live their life to the Czech spirituality and intelectulality rather than going to church to buy their conscience with some fasting and prayers…I travelled and lived in many advanced countries and same thought applies.
I loved Czech Republic and their people there from all my heart, even Romanians are not well seen there, but it doesn’t matter. We all have a lot to learn from them.

June 6, 2012 at 11:51 am
(57) Unearthly Adult says:

Albania may have once been the most atheistic country in the world but there’s recently been a dramatic surge of true Christianity in the country

June 26, 2012 at 11:03 am
(58) Gika says:

Does not matter who is the most atheist country. We are told by Jeshua (Jesus or Jezis) to go and to make disciples, to go and to bring the good word of God (Buh or Yahvew)

So lets stop this little argument who is or not and do what the most high say.
I my self was born in Brno , Czech Republic and live there for 30 years.
I can tell that most people in my country are having their hearts harden and ears closed to a voice and word of God.

Religion is NOT what we looking for, ONLY THE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM AND OUT OF THAT THE OBEDIENCE TO WHAT HE SAYS.

I my self was very ignorant and had my heart harden and ridicule everyone who spoke about Jesus, but my sircumstances in my life had brought me to Him, which i know that that was His calling, for me to come to USA to get to know Him (God) and to have my heart changed and have a relationship with him and to serve Him.

Haleluja, He is alive

2 Timothy 2:5

Cau

September 11, 2012 at 9:34 am
(59) al ibn al quyatai says:

Atheists are good moral persons, religious people in power are all corrupted hypocrites, believers who don’t possess power in religious institutions are blinded by the ones whom command these.

January 29, 2013 at 1:59 pm
(60) Damel says:

As a Czech, I am very proud that I am from the so much atheistic country.

New statistics from nationwide census 26.3.2011:

People in Czech Republic: 10 436 560
Believers without church: 705 368 (6,76%)
Believers with church: 1 463 584 (14,02%)
- roman-catholic: 1 082 463
- islam: 1 921
- buddhism: 2 617 (yes, realy, more than islam!)
- judaism: 345

20-21% believers and practicing believers only around 2% (internal data right from Churches). And number of believers still falls! I am so so so proud and excited! Go Czech Republic go! :)

Data: http://goo.gl/l6jDY

March 13, 2013 at 8:03 pm
(61) Kivina says:

I’m from Czech republic and we really are one of the most atheistic countries in the world. It’s in our history. Since like, forever, Church wanted to control us, to tell us how to behave, how to think and whatnot. We’re kinda hostile to any kind of Church (Christian, Islamic). I personally know no one who believes in God, a few people are more like: there is MAYBE a higher force but they’re skeptical and classify themselves as atheists. Faith is a private matter here, you can believe in a flying spaghetti monster and no one cares as long so you won’t bring that up.
On Sundays churches are empty, people rather relax or enjoy free time with their families or friends. The only time people really visits churches is when it’s Christmas. Even non-religious people go there because of a tradition.
And you know what? We’re fine.

May 7, 2013 at 12:18 pm
(62) Phil says:

I don’t understand how athesists can say there is no God. Someone made this universe, someone made the planets and when we die, we will go see someone—God. Then you will seem how stupid you were for not believing in God. Religion ruins your life? Hitler ruined everyone—he was a Catholic and turned to be atheist and you have seen what he did. Heinrich Himmler, the same. The religion is good but it’s some of the people that do bad things and then religion gets blamed. You don’t believe in Hell??? You will when you go there. Too bad you can’t believe but you will wish you did believe when you are “roasting”. The devil loves all you non-believers because you will be with him eternally and that won’t be a good thing.

May 19, 2013 at 11:18 am
(63) Damel says:

I don’t understand how theists can say there is God. None made this universe, none made the planets and when we die, we will not go to see someone—God. Religion ruins our lives. Hitler and Himmler ruined everyone becouse they were psychopaths, not becouse they were atheists. The religion is always bad. We don’t believe in Hell, becouse there isn’t any Hell.

Sorry Phil, you only believe in fairy tales as adult, nothing more is there. Grow up, you’re not a kid anymore.

May 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm
(64) Jet Clarke says:

Wow, Phil, such lovely ‘Chrisian’ compassion you show. We can’t believe, because there is no good reason, Faith is just gullibility. So just for that, you and the God you worship think we deserve eternal hellfire. Lovely.
Plus, you are not correct when you say ‘Someone made this universe, someone made the planets’ .. Gravity made the planets, and there is probably no way to prove whether or not ‘someone’ created the universe, much less anything about that ‘someone’. And the idea of life after death is just wishful thinking.

May 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm
(65) Pimpinello says:

You horrible Czechs! This is an outright abomination. Just think of Jan Hus and repent! Or we will get you and burn you on the stake as has been his fate. I discussed this matter with the pope and he agreed that this would be the best way to show you the loving god: to burn out Satan from your souls. Ex-pope Ratzinger has always been of the opinion that the methods of the Holy Inquisition should be reinstated.
Brothers and Sisters, to solve this world-threatening problem send me a substantial donation and I will organize a new crusade against all those who dare to rebel against the Holy Mother Church. A crusade compared to which the Hussitic Wars will look like a kid’s game. The Swiss Guard stands ready for combat.
According to the amount of your donation you will be prayed for in our next High Mess, and probably absolved of all your sins.

May 22, 2013 at 4:29 am
(66) Grandpa In The East says:

Phil: ” Hitler ruined everyone—he was a Catholic and turned to be atheist and you have seen what he did.”

That is not true and not doing your homework makes you dishonest, too.

Now if you can state the date of his de-conversion, and the proof that this did happened, I will retract my statement.

Grandpa

May 22, 2013 at 7:04 am
(67) Sally says:

Sorry, Phil@62. Hitler was born a catholic and he never stopped being one.

Moreover the Vatican has never excommunicated him – or the millions of German / Austrian / Italian / Spanish / Polish / Czech / Hungarian / Lithuanian / Latvian / Estonian / Croatian etc catholics who marched right on behind him.

Because the catholic church, autocratic and feudalistic, was quite happy to have Hitler exterminate not only jews and Roma (gypsies), but also social democrats, trade-unionists, communists, lesbians and gay men – anyone who stood for *human* dignity or difference.

Now, I bet you’ll want to start on Stalin and Mao too – I have my arguments ready, if you wish to take the bait…

May 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm
(68) Pimpinello says:

Grandpa in the East,

I really have to defend Phil. He just does not use his professional skills as an historian properly, right? So, I will tell you the story as it really happened. The treason of all those around him made the debacle inevitable and The Fuehrer decided to leave those who betrayed him forever, and especially leave them to the wrath of the atheist Red Army. So, he shot himself and his consort Eva Braun, then he bit the carpet ( which proves that he was really very angry) and … well, then he stood before the heavenly gates – and he still fumed. “It was not so much the Jews, not so much the Czechs or other subhuman vermins who kept me from gaining the Final Victory (Endsieg), no, it was the Catholics, who didn’t pray enough for me and the Third Reich. I hereby cancel my membership in the church.” This should have been made public , but his secretary This is what really happened. The proof: the diabolic expression in his face just before he went into his room to commit suicide, as shown in the documantary “Hitler – the Final Twelve Days” (I am not sure about the title of this production in English). So, once again, we see the devil at work as he was from the very beginning. The misconception of Hitler being a Catholic rests solely on the inexcusable ommission to correct all the references to “Guidance by God”, “Saviour”, “Providence” etc. in his chef-d’ oeuvre “Mein Kampf” before he died. But this is not his fault, it’s the laziness of his Party Comrades (PG = Parteigenossen).
And as a final note: The Czechs today wouldn’t be such horrid atheists if it wasn’t for Hitler and his post-mortem renunciation of his lifelong faith. QED!

From another Grandpa, (this time in the Far East)

May 26, 2013 at 10:03 am
(69) Damel says:

Pimpinello you are christian, right? And in your heart you have less love than we, atheists. Isn’t it for you the proof, that you are just serving to an imaginary Devil? Think about it dear Pimpinello.

June 7, 2013 at 8:35 pm
(70) A.Joe Harry says:

Though I’m a muslim(albeit not religious;hei! I’m human OK who loves porno!),humanly speaking,the Czechs are a bunch of lovely people and their pornstars are worthy of affection.I don’t mind marrying them if I have the chance though she may be an atheist!

June 17, 2013 at 12:30 am
(71) Pimpinello says:

Wow, Damel, your reading skills are just great! Third grade in the moment, uh? I would be interested what part of my rant made you believe that I am a “believer” in the devil or in christianity or whatever?
Is it where I said that I talked to the pope? Or is it the part where I said that he shot himself and then bit in the carpet?
Or is this endemic?
A long time ago I had a similar experience on this site, which led me to believe that Americans have no sense of sarcasm or irony, which makes it really difficult to communicate. At that time I said that I met god and some guy took this for real.
How about learning to really r-e-a-d?

June 17, 2013 at 12:43 am
(72) Pimpinello says:

Reading once again what Damel wrote I had the strong impression that English is his second language. Therefore, I have to adapt to this notion and reformulate my last sentence: Please, learn to read English!

November 9, 2013 at 3:33 pm
(73) Tom says:

I am an atheist from Czech Rep yet I have always had feeling there are still too many religious people around me…reading this article (and other statistics placing us on top of the free thinkers) I consider myself quite a lucky person. Yet it saddens me how many people there are in the world in this century who prefer living according to superstition over rational thought and often more or less directly imposing it on others. I cannot blame nor be angry with them though, I have sympathy for them since most of them are people of lower intellect and/or from worse living conditions and/or raised in a religious family having formed their views constantly throughout the childhood when a parent figure is the uppermost authority and the brain is quite a few years from being developed fully, thus the mind very shapeable. And then it is tough to abandon the religion when there is also that sweet idea of living in a beautiful world without pain and sorrow surrounded by loved and loving ones in harmony forever…when you’re on the “right” side..and if not then some form of torture for eternity. That is an idea so dreadful even I will probably force myself to believe if I have time on this thinking on a deathbed at my final hour, just to be sure (nah, just kidding :D , I strongly think that even if there in the end actually was some omnipotent being, it would not be that petty to punish an atheist just for the atheism and, because it would be logically more intelligent than the brightest human being, it would understand why I did not believe).

December 25, 2013 at 7:31 am
(74) Novak says:

I’m ashamed of what have become of my old country. I thought it would be better when we got rid of Communism and its opression against Christianity but now the people have been fooled into other awful things. Atheism (just like the Commies wanted), capitalism, greed, corruption, crime, ego-mania, the EU (the new Soviet Union), prostitution and a political chaos. Even the Commies are back in the Parlament! How can a people be so fooled?

We don’t even have a decent ice hockey team anymore thanks to greed, corruption and total lack of national pride among those involved in the sport. Egocentrism rules even there.

I’m glad I’ve left the Czech Republic some years ago and I won’t come back until things have changed to the better. And believe me, it will when the people wake up and see what the price is for denying God and Jesus Christ!

January 2, 2014 at 10:15 am
(75) Austin Cline says:

I’m glad I’ve left the Czech Republic some years ago and I won’t come back until things have changed to the better. And believe me, it will when the people wake up and see what the price is for denying God and Jesus Christ!

So, you don’t want to live some place unless most or all others agree with your personal religious beliefs? That’s no better than wanting to live in a place where people share your skin color or ethnicity; it’s quite bigoted.

I suspect that the Czech Republic is far better off with less bigotry like that. So maybe it’s better if you stay away? But then again, that would mean that the place where you currently are is diminished instead.

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