Brian Keith Dalton is a ‘Formon’ (former Mormon) and he shares with us the things he no longer believes, starting with the least crazy and moving up the scale of craziness. What is interesting is how even the least crazy sounds pretty crazy. (Via Machines Like Us.)
It is not just because he is talking about Mormonism that it sounds crazy. That religion sounds crazier than most because we are not so familiar with its theology. You could do the same exercise with any of the religions and non-believers of that religion would likely react the same way, because modernity makes those beliefs seem increasingly outlandish.
Is it any wonder that a new poll released today finds that the number of people in the US who answer “no religion” to the question “What is your religious preference? Is it Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, some other religion, or no religion?” has climbed to 20%, the highest since the 1930s? In 1990, the figure was just 8%.
And as to be expected, “More than one-third of 18-to-24-year-olds claimed “no religion” compared to just 7 percent of those 75 and older.”