According to the latest 2015 Pew poll, atheist beliefs are continuing to rise, especially among Millennials. The number of Americans “absolutely certain” about God’s existence has fallen to a new low, and those who outright claim that God does not exist is at historical levels. But the interesting thing about the atheism religion poll is that it shows atheists have a spiritual side.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, an atheist scientist claims that virtual particles and Inflation Theory proves that God did not create the universe from “nothing.” But Christians say this claim is based upon bad philosophy since it allegedly confuses the definition of nothing.
The Pew Research Center says the 2014 Religious Landscape Study is a follow-up poll from the study previously conducted back in 2007. The number of U.S. adults who believe in God’s existence has declined, dropping from 92 percent to 89 percent in the last eight years. Thus, one in 10 adults in the United States could be considered an atheist believer of some type.
The number of people who list their religious affiliation as “none” has also risen, going from 16 percent up to 23 percent of the United States population. This does not mean that these people are all atheist believers. Instead, the Pew Research Center notes that the “nones” are a diverse group.
“In fact, the majority of Americans without a religious affiliation say they believe in God. As a group, however, the ‘nones’ are far less religiously observant than Americans who identify with a specific faith. And, as the ‘nones’ have grown in size, they also have become even less observant.”
At the same time, the number of Americans who say they are “absolutely certain” that God exists has dropped from 71 percent in 2007 down to 63 percent. In the past, those who considered religion “not too important” might have still claimed a religious affiliation, but now “they increasingly describe themselves as atheist, agnostic or nothing in particular when asked about their religious identity.”