Polls consistently show that 96-97% of Americans continue to profess to believe in The Man in the Sky and the attendant mythology or variations thereof. Yet, in the liberal democracies of Western Europe–the societies that most closely resemble our own–:smack: damn, I forgot Canada–it’s so easy to forget Canada–religious belief is on the wane. What’s different about us? Why do we cling to the nonsense of god-ism?
The answer is probably buried in the reasons why individuals believe in religion, i.e., fear of death, fear of the unknown, wanting at least the illusion of control, providing explanations for difficult questions, social cohesion, and of course, religion as a meme. I just can’t parse out what it is about America that makes us so much more susceptible to this disease, especially since as worshippers at the altar of freedom (supposedly), we should be hostile to religion, which is the very antithesis of freedom.
If you personally believe in The Man in the Sky or one of his many variants, your reply to this discussion probably won’t be constructive or worthwhile, as your answer would probably be along the lines of, “Because it’s all true and we Americans are smarter than everyone else.” Dubious assertions.