Humans Are Found To Not Need Religion

Phil Zuckerman is a sociologist who currently teaches at Pitzer College in Claremont, California.  He recently wrote a book, “Society Without God” (New York University Press, 2008), about his 14 month stay in Scandinavia talking to hundreds of Swedes and Danes about religion .

Polls have consistently shown that Sweden and Denmark are the least religious nations in the world. The citizens rank religion, belief in life after death, and church attendance at the bottom of their priorities or worries…yet they are always in the lead for child welfare, literacy, standard of living, economic equality, life expectancy, and competitiveness.

These facts run smack into most American’s assumption that a society where religion is not in the forefront or in a state of constant reaffirmation and belief will be full of evil, rampant with immorality, and seething with sexual depravity.

Mr. Zuckerman insists at great length that that is not the case. He, his wife and children experienced the exact opposite: “a society…a markedly irreligious society…that was, above all, moral, stable, humane and deeply good.”

The nonbelievers he interviewed informally and in structured taped sessions were not anti-religious and most did not really accept the label of atheist, and most had been baptized or confirmed at an early age, or even married in the church.  But, at the same time they were “often disinclined or hesitant to talk to me about religion, and once they agreed to, they usually had very little to say on the subject.”

Though they denied the traditional teachings of Christianity, they do call themselves Christians and most continued to remain in the traditional national branches of the Lutheran denomination.

Do they consider religion a deeply private or personal matter? One Lutheran Bishop in Denmark has argued that deep religiousness could be found if one scratches the surface.

Mr. Zuckerman replies that he spent a year and scratched and scratched, and scratched to no avail.  His conclusion was that “religion wasn’t really so much a private, personal issue, but rather a non-issue.”  His interviewees just didn’t care about it.

The writer found what he termed “benign indifference and utter obliviousness.  He says that the key word used in their description is “nice.”  Religion is “nice.”  Jesus was a “nice” man who taught some “nice” things.” The Bible “is full of “nice” stories and good morals, isn’t it?”

The Swedes and Danes were generally thoughtful and well educated and reacted to Mr. Zuckerman’s basic questions about God, Jesus, death, etc. as completely novel.  “I really have never thought about that,” and added, “it’s been fun to get these kinds of questions that I never think about.”

The indifference to religious matters is subtly enforced.  “In Denmark,” a pastor told the writer, “the word ‘God’ is one of the most embarrassing words you can say.  You would rather go naked through the city than talk about God.”

Mr. Zuckerman also noted that the people he interviewed seem to speak of death without any fear or anxiety, and had a notable lack of existential searching for the ‘meaning of life,’ but he emphasizes that his interviewees were in no way despairing nihilists but “for the most part, a happy, satisfied lot” who “generally live productive, creative, contented lives.”

Humans are said to turn to religion or something like it, when faced with the mystery of death and the puzzle about life’s ultimate meaning, however, based on his experiences in Scandinavia, the writer disagrees.  “It is possible for a society to exist in which most people don’t really fear death all that much,” he concluded, “and simultaneously don’t give a great deal of thought to the meaning of life.”

Mr. Zuckerman queries Jens, a 68-year-old nonbeliever, about the sources of Denmark’s very ethical culture and Jens replied: “We are Lutherans in our souls…I’m an atheist, but still have the Lutheran perceptions of many: to help your neighbor. Yeah. It’s an old, good, moral thought.”  (my emphasis)

Mankind it seems can survive just fine outside of the stifling confines and restrictions of any religion…just as I have known for 50 years.

As anybody who has paid some attention to the news in the last 10 or 20 years can tell you… religion or people who are religious are not protected from “SIN.” Witness the many stories of pastors, priests, ministers, and rabbi’s who are constantly in the news, having been caught cheating on their spouses, doing drugs, cheating on taxes, having homosexual trysts, or even child abuse and murder.  Our prisons are full of Christians…not very many atheists though.

“In the eleventh century, Isaac ibn Yashush, a Jewish court physician of a ruler in Muslim Spain, pointed out that a list of Edomite kings that appears in Genesis 36 named kings who lived long after Moses was dead. Ibn Yashush suggested that the list was written by someone who lived after Moses. The response to his conclusion was that he was called “Isaac the blunderer.”
History however has proven him to be correct.

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More Catholic clergy sticking it where it don’t belong.

The German news magazine Der Spiegel has reported that the number of suspected sexual abuse cases in Germany by Roman Catholic clergy and laymen is much higher than was previously thought.

A poll sponsored by Spiegel that was answered by 27 Catholic dioceses found that more than 94 clerics and laymen were suspected of sexual abuses since 1995.  Due to statute of limitations only 30 have been prosecuted.

There are 10 employees of the Catholic Church who currently stand accused of sexual misconduct or abuse in Germany.

Germany has been shocked by recent revelations of sex abuse by Catholic priests in Berlin’s very prestigious Canisius-Kolleg run by Jesuit teachers. There have also been reports from other cities across Germany where the priests taught.

These cases started to unfold in 2004 and 2005 when two former students of the school told the headmaster that they had been abused by two of their former teachers. In late 2009 others came forward with allegations against the same teachers.

Boy those Catholic priests and bishops and laymen helpers in the Church are sure Holy and have your best interests at heart…Huh.


Genesis 7:11, 7:17, 7:24
and 8:3 specify different intervals for the flood duration which have no apparent resolution. 

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Possible Cancer Cure Found in Australia

CANCER patients are offering themselves as human guinea pigs as researchers investigate a possible cure for cancer found in north Queensland rain-forests.

Scientists have identified a compound in the fruit of the native blushwood shrub that appears to “liquefy and destroy cancer with no side-effects”, according to latest research.

Go Here for full story.

Genesis 11:31 This describes Abraham as living in the city Ur, and associates that location with the Chaldeans. Archaeological evidence indicates that the Chaldeans did not exist as a tribe at the time of Abraham; they rose to power much later, during the 1st millennium BC.

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All Republicans want to do is screw with Obama….they don’t care what happens to our country.

Murder of the Innocents…The Shame of Islam

Turkish girl, 16, buried alive for talking to boys

Death reopens debate over ‘honour’ killings in Turkey, which account for half of all the country’s murders

Turkish police have recovered the body of a 16-year-old girl they say was buried alive by relatives in an “honour” killing carried out as punishment for talking to boys.

The girl, who has been identified only by the initials MM, was found in a sitting position with her hands tied, in a two-metre hole dug under a chicken pen outside her home in Kahta, in the south-eastern province of Adiyaman.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/04/girl-buried-alive-turkey

Her family apparently set around the table and plotted her murder.

Do you think this family was Muslim?

Why doesn’t the Muslim religion totally reject and demonize the people of their sect that commit such horrid crimes.

There should be world-wide outrage that such crimes are committed almost exclusively by followers of Islam and seemingly every week or two.

The religion and its followers should be shunned by all civilized nations and peoples until it comes into the 21st. century and stops this horrible killing of innocents.

Anyone who tries to make excuses for this religion on ‘custom’ or ‘culture’ grounds should be shunned also…these murders must be stopped.

At what point should a world say enough and ostracize and quickly extinguish a culture that is sooo bad and sooo evil that they kill their own children and use their holy scriptures to justify what they do…and with the unspoken support of the ‘church/mosque.’

Genesis 14:14: This verse refers to Abram pursuing some surviving kings of Sodom and Gomorrah to the city of Dan. However, that place name did not exist until a long time after Moses’ death. Other locations are also identified in the Pentateuch by names that were invented long after the death of Moses.

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