Well you may disagree, but I can’t help but think that when 56% of atheists believe that the Christian living next door who believes the Bible is God’s word is just as dangerous as the terrorists living in the Middle East who believes that Allah commands him to kill all the infidels.
The poll goes on to show that the “God-gap” may be one of the largest divisions in America. Here are some of the main differences between the two groups.
The good news for atheists/agnostics: They are more likely to say they are into new technology (64% versus 52%) and to assert that they adapt easily to change (81% versus 66%). They are also significantly less likely to say they are convinced they are right about things in life (38% versus 55%). They are less likely to say they are overweight (26% versus 41%).
They earn more money and are more likely to have a college degree. The younger the demographics the higher the percentage of people who describe themselves as atheist or agnostic.
The bad news: Atheists are more likely to be motivated by acquiring wealth (10% versus 2%) and to describe themselves as feeling stressed out (37% versus 26%). They are less likely to describe themselves “at peace” (67% versus 90%), to be registered to vote (78% versus 89%), to volunteer to help a non-church-related non-profit (20% versus 30%), to describe themselves as “active in the community” (41% versus 68%), and to personally help or serve a homeless or poor person (41% versus 61%).
One of the largest gaps is donations to charities. The typical no-faith American donated just $200 in 2006 to charitable causes, which is more than seven times less than the amount contributed by the prototypical active-faith adult ($1500).
What does this study mean, if anything?