From: tom kunesh Posted: 20 Sep 94 20:58
To : Christopher Baker
Subj: Re: ATHEIST?
FR> The majority of the planet's population do not believe in gods
BF> So then why do some 90 or more percent of Americans say they belong to
BF> some religion? Check up on yer facts...
CB> he said 'planet's population'. America is hardly the planet.
true, but any way you slice it, Fredric Rice's attempts at
atheistic numerology concern me - that a fellow atheist is
willing to misrepresent population demographics, and is not
jumped on simultaneously by many well- hooved brethren,
indicates to me a willingness among some atheists to distort
reality to suit their own political agendas. consider the
numbers i quoted and posted -here- and -to him- a month or so
ago, to which there was no reply from him but silence.
1992 World Almanac
world population demographics
Nonreligious 876,232,000 15.99% N-R + A = 1,116,542,000
Atheists 240,310,000 4.39% 20.37%
Buddhists 314,939,000 5.75% 26.12%
Jains 3,794,000 0.07% 26.19%
Christians 1,833,022,000 33.45%
Moslems 971,328,700 17.72%
Hindus 732,812,000 13.37%
Chinese folk religionists 187,107,000 3.41%
New-Religionists 143,415,000 2.62%
Tribal religionists 96,581,000 1.76%
Sikhs 18,800,500 0.34%
Jews 17,822,000 0.33%
Shamanists 10,493,000 0.19%
Confucians 6,028,000 0.11%
Baha'is 5,517,000 0.10%
Shintoists 3,222,800 0.06%
Other religionists 18,586,000 0.34%
(luckily i've learned to do my own research and to distrust
True Believers, theist or atheist.)
CB> as for why '90 or more percent' of Americans say they are religious,
CB> it's probably due more to the question structure and the desire to
CB> avoid persecution or ostracization than any real committment. when you
CB> get to the active, actual church going numbers, they go way down.