Monday, December 05, 2011

Atheists Are Taking Their Children to Church

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Rice University sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund's findings were published in the December issue of Scientific Study of Religion.

She found 17% of atheist professors with children reported attending more than one religious service in the past year.

Their reasons for attending are interesting.

Associated Press reported this past Friday that, "The study's principal investigator, Rice University sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund, says that while some atheist academics attended religious services to please their spouses, others were seeking the company of fellow parents or wanted to expose their children to a moral environment. She says some atheist scientists simply wanted their children to learn about religion so they could make up their own minds."

I found it interesting that in seeking a moral environment, they chose church.

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  1. That's encouraging! I would hope and pray that they are attending churches that teach the Word of God and not just a liberal, social message.

  2. The only thing I find surprising about this news is that fundamentalist Christian groups are so surprised by it. I guess they really do believe their propaganda about atheists. Newsflash, we actually ARE open-minded and free-thinkers, not some sort of photo-negative of the Christianists closed mindedness.

  3. It is encouraging that people recognize a need to know their Creator and that all morals flow from His wisdom. I'm not surprised at all, the desire to know where we come from and our purpose in life is essential to our well-being.

    Unless of course, you're a closeminded atheist, like Richard Dawkins.

  4. @4:31 PM,

    I bet Dawkins in his lifetime, has spent far more time in Christian churches than you have reading up on atheism. Did it ever occur to you that it is you, and not Dawkins, who is closed-minded? Or is even entertaining the possibility too much of a stretch for a mind a firmly closed as yours?

  5. Exactly, that Dawkins has to have verifiable evidence before he'll believe anything. What an idiot!

  6. Gary

    I also found it interesting that the atheists chose a church to seek a moral environment. As you would be quick to point out, atheists sure are deceived aren't they....


  7. Not near as surprising as some would think. Many churches preach about a god (small "g")that would be acceptable to many atheists. Nearly 20 years ago there was a preacher in central Montana who preached evolution from his pulpit and declared that the Bible was wrong about just about everything. Atheists would have felt quite comfortable attending that church. Sorry, but this is not a news-worthy's been going on for several years, but it's very unlikely that these folks are attending any kind of genuine Bible-teaching church. (Westport, WA)

  8. 5:53

    I was at one time not attracted to any religion, God to me was a joke(atheism). So yes I am quite familiar with the concept of there is no God and just as closeminded as Dawkins, et. al. What changed my mind was an encounter with the God of the Bible who opened my eyes to the truth. Dawkins has not, he says he sees, therefore he remains blind.


    As an atheist, I attended a Bible believing Church. Guess what, I'm now a Christian. Just how sure are you of your claim?

    Craig in Lacey

  9. Craig,

    Your gullibility on this is no reflection on anyone else's beliefs. If you lived in the middle east you'd be quoting the Koran with the same conviction you quote the bible. It's who you are.

  10. If I lived in the middle east I dare not quote anything else, conviction or not.

    Your gullibility is no reflection on anyone
    else choice to see the truth.

    Craig in Lacey

  11. A person's religion is most often determined by their geographic location and ancestry, not from a comparative analysis of religions for truthiness. For the vast majority, asserting that they follow a religion because it's the one true religion is akin to elementary students believing their school is the best in the world.

  12. Unless you happen to live in the U.S., where you can practice your religion openly by law.

    That's your take, atheism is a religion also and they believe their beliefs are the best in the world.

    I've looked at other religions and found no basis for belief. Christ had the answers.

    Craig in Lacey

  13. "Unless you happen to live in the U.S., where you can practice your religion openly by law."

    That would explain why everyone who comes to the US converts to Christianity rather than sticking with the religion they were born into. Good point.

  14. Anon 10:37
    I see and understand this point - just look at the demographics... It is odd that the "election of God" seems to occur in the predominantly "christian" areas.

    HOWEVER, there is at least one reasonable alternative explanation. Most are not elected - and in fact as Jesus said there are VERY FEW that enter in there at.... Maybe the real percentage of disciples of Jesus in America is approximately the same as in the rest of the world.... That would mean a LOT of evangelicals better have an asbestos suit available. BTW - I suggest those who spend a lot of time writing about perverted sex would be an example of the phoney disciple I am referring to - they are simply into their own humanistic religion.

  15. a common misconception is that atheism is a religion, it is not, it is simply the belief in no gods


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