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Atheists & Agnostics in America - Statistics about American Atheists & Agnostics

Atheists are growing in numbers in America, but just who are all these atheists? What do atheists and agnostics in America believe? What matters to them and what do they hold important? Numerous polls and surveys have produced an array of statistical information about the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of atheists and agnostics in America.

Atheists & Agnostics Less Likely to Want to Make a Difference
Atheists and agnostics in America may be less interested in wanting to make a difference in the world than the national average. Does this mean atheists and agnostics care less about the world we live in?

Many Atheists & Agnostics Say They're Deeply Spiritual
There are a lot of atheists and agnostics in America who report being 'deeply spiritual'. This may sound like a contradiction, but it all depends on how you define what you mean by 'spiritual'.

Atheists and Agnostics on the Word of God
According to a 2007 poll, 5% of atheists and agnostics think the Old Testament is the Word of God, 6% think the New Testament is the Word of God, and 3% think the Book of Mormon is the Word of God. Why?

Why Do Some Atheists Think the Bible is the Word of God?
Are there good reasons for atheists or agnostics to think the Bible, the Torah, the Koran, or the Book of Mormon is the Word of God? Some do - according to a 2007 poll, 5% of atheists and agnostics think the Old Testament is the Word of God, 6% think the New Testament is the Word of God, and 3% think the Book of Mormon is the Word of God. Why?

Most Atheists & Agnostics in America are Not Religious
Most atheists and agnostics in America are irreligious. According to a 2007 poll, 89% of atheists and agnostics say they are not very religious or not religious at all.

What is the Relationship Between Atheism & Secularism?
Do you believe that there is something about atheism and secularism which make the combination far more likely and stable than a relationship between atheism and religion could ever be?

Most Atheists & Agnostics Don't Attend Religious Services
Most atheists never attend religious services in America, but some atheists attend religious services once a week or more.

Atheists & Agnostics in America Tend to be Politically Liberal
A 2007 survey of political and social beliefs reveals that atheists and agnostics are more liberal than the general popular on a range of issues.

Why Do Atheists and Agnostics Tend to be Liberal in America?
Atheists and agnostics in America probably are as liberal as many assume. Are there reasons why more atheists should be more conservative?

Liberal Atheists vs. Conservative Christians
Atheists in America tend to be very liberal; evangelical Christians in America tend to be very conservative.

Atheists & Agnostics in America Aren't Theists... Mostly
Atheists don't believe in gods and agnostics don't claim to know for sure gods exist. Yet some atheists and agnostics are certain there is a god.

Atheists Who Believe in Gods? Agnostics Who Are Certain About Gods?
Somehow, 15% of atheists and agnostics believe in God and 4% are absolutely certainly that God exists. Why? Are there any good reasons for any of this?

Agnostics & Atheists More Open to Change & Doubt (Barna, 2007)
Atheists and agnostics in America appear to be more open to change, new technology, and doubt than are religious theists.

Why are Atheists & Agnostics More Open to Change, Doubt, and Technology?
Why would atheists and agnostics be more open to change and technology? Do atheism and agnosticism cause a person to be more open to change and technology, or is there a third factor that causes both?

Agnostic & Atheist Demographics in America (Barna, 2007)
Atheists are increasing in numbers in America and that growth is entirely in the younger generations. In each generation, a larger percentage adopts secular atheism than the previous generation did and retains that secular atheism throughout their lives.

Importance of Wealth & Comfort Among Atheists & Agnostics
Surveys suggest that atheists and agnostics may care more than Christians about living in comfort and acquiring wealth. This suggests that atheists are more materialistic and even hedonistic than religious theists.

Why Do Atheists & Agnostics Focus More on Wealth and Comfort?
What reasons do you think would best explain why atheists and agnostics are more likely than Christians to focus on comfort and wealth?

Atheists Growing in Numbers
Every survey done in recent years tells us that the numbers of atheists in America are growing. The exact number of atheists and how much their numbers are on the rise differs from survey to survey, but they do agree that there are more atheists in America now than ever before and that this will continue for a while.

How Can We Get More Accurate Numbers of Atheists in America?
Getting accurate surveys about atheists and even just the numbers of atheists is difficult given how much animus there is towards atheists and atheism. What information we do have, however, suggests that the numbers of atheists in America are indeed growing, even as distrust and hatred of atheists also grows. Is there any way to get better and...

Atheists & Purpose
Most atheists and agnostics in America say that they have a clear purpose in their lives, but far fewer than the national average say that they are driving to have a clear purpose in their lives. Far fewer atheist and agnostics than Christians say that they are at peace in their lives. Why do these differences exist?

Most Atheists & Agnostics are Clear about the Meaning and Purpose in their Lives
Most atheists and agnostics in America say that they have a clear purpose in their lives, but far fewer than the national average say that they are driven to have a clear purpose in their lives. Can you claim to be clear about the meaning and purpose of your live? Do you generally feel at peace in your life?

Atheists & Spirituality - Are You an Atheist or Agnostic Who Feels Deeply...
Are you one of the 25% of atheist and agnostics in America who feel deeply spiritual? Or spiritual at all?

Why are Atheists & Agnostics Less Interested in Making a Difference?
Why do surveys suggest that atheists and agnostics in America are less likely than the national average to want to make a difference in the world?

Atheists & Family - For Atheists, Living Near Family Isn't as Important
Atheists don't seem to place as much importance on family as religious theists; at least, they don't consider living near family to be as important as religious theists do. Does this mean that atheists and agnostics don't have the same 'family values' as religious theists? Or is there another reason which would explain the difference?

Atheists, Agnostics, and Obesity - Who's Fatter, Atheists or Christians?
Obesity is a growing in America, but there is some data that atheists and agnostics are less likely than Christians to suffer from obesity.

Non-Religious Americans are the Most Pro-Choice Group in America
Non-religious Americans are bigger supporters of abortion rights than almost every other demographic group. In fact, the support for abortion rights among irreligious atheists, agnostics, and others is so strong that it may be a primary reason why abortion is still legal.

Fewer Atheists & Agnostics Say that a Single Marriage Partner is Important
Atheists and agnostics are less likely than the national average to say that it's important to have one marriage partner in life.

Why is One Marriage Partner in Life Less Important to Atheists & Agnostics?
Why would atheists and agnostics be less likely than the national average to consider having just one marriage partner in life to be very important?

Divorce Rates for Atheists and Christians in America
If atheists are less moral than Christians, why are divorce rates for atheists generally lower than for Christians?

Atheists & Agnostics Stressed Out - How Much Stress Is There for Atheists?
Atheists and agnostics in America report more stress than Christians. To some, this may sound like a reason to say that there is something wrong with atheism, but aren't there good reasons why atheists might be stressed?

Atheists & Agnostics Cohabiting
Atheists and agnostics in America report far more cohabitation than Christians - especially evangelical Christians. Does this say something about atheists and Christians in America?

Atheists, Agnostics, and Life's Problems
Do atheists and agnostics have more or fewer problems than religious theists? Christians who think that their religion is necessary for morality might think that atheists must have more problems, but that's not necessarily the case.

32% of Atheists & Agnostics Discuss Religion During the Week
Atheists are as likely to talk about religion during any given week as are Catholics and mainline Christians, though far less likely than evangelical and born-again Christians.

Terrorists and Military Targeting and Killing Civilians
Most atheists say it's never justified to kill innocent civilians, whether by the military or by individual terrorists. Most Christians say it's acceptable for innocent civilians to be killed by the military.

Deepening Religious Faith Among Atheists & Christians
Not only do most evangelical Christians say that their religious faith is growing deeper, but quite a few atheists and agnostics also say that their religious faith is growing deeper. Why would this be the case?

Morality and Religion in America - Does One Depend on the Other?
Almost all evangelical Christians are concerned about the moral condition of America but only a third believe that religion is losing influence in America. If so few are concerned about the influence religion generally or their religion in particular, what would be the reason for concern about the nation's moral condition?

Christians Atheists Torture Survey
Christians are more likely to say torture is often or sometimes justified than secular Americans and Catholics are the most likely to say this of all Christian denominations.

Atheists Happiness Satisfaction Survey
According to some surveys, atheists and agnostics in America aren't as happy or satisfied in their lives as are Christians. Is there something about atheism that makes a person less happy or does the cause lie somewhere else?

Religion, End-of-Life Care Suicide
Although the religiously unaffiliated are more likely than conservative evangelical Christians to agree that there are circumstances in which patients should be allowed to die, both groups are as likely to say that doctors should do everything possible to preserve life.

Atheists Harming America Most
Atheists and the non-religious are the groups most Americans think are changing America for the worse. This is consistent with many other polls taken over the year which show that atheists are among the most despised and distrusted of all minorities in the United States.

Religious Views Doctor-Assisted Suicide
People without any religious affiliation are more likely than Christians to say that there are circumstances in which patients should be allowed to die.

Religion, Suicide, Terminal Illnesses
Fewer and fewer people in America support the right of terminally ill patients to have that option, whether it's passive or active.

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