CBS News Poll Shows That, When It Comes to Death, Americans Love Their Delusions

A new CBS News poll on the topic of death shows that Americans are living in a fantasy-world when it comes to thinking about their own mortality.

In general, we believe in the afterlife (for which there’s no evidence), we believe we’re going to Heaven (because we’re all good people, every one of us), and we want to make sure we take up space when we die (because our post-mortal bodies have no use other than lying six feet under forever).

But here’s where it gets really weird:

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Nicholas Kristof Slams Atheists’ Religious Literacy in New York Times Column

In his New York Times column today, Nicholas Kristof writes about religious illiteracy in our country and makes this surprising statement:

Secular Americans are largely ignorant about religion, but, in surveys, religious Americans turn out to be scarcely more knowledgeable.

He doesn’t cite any surveys, but I can, and the results are precisely the opposite. Despite overall low scores, Secular Americans know more about religion than any religious group.

A 2010 Pew Forum U.S. Religious Knowledge survey asked Americans 32 questions about the beliefs of various faiths and Atheists/Agnostics scored higher than any other group:

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Surprise! Americans Overwhelmingly Want to Keep “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance

In what may be the most unnecessary poll I’ve seen in a long time, LifeWay Research asked Americans whether or not they prefer to keep “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and — *gasp*they overwhelmingly said yes:

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If Trends Continue, Christians Will Soon Dip Below 50% of the Population in Australia

According to the Australian research firm Roy Morgan Research, by this time next year, non-Christians in the country may out-number Christians for the first time:

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New Study Shows That Even Atheists Think Atheists Are Immoral

Psychologist Will Gervais has done quite a bit of research involving the perception of atheists in society. In 2011, he and his colleague explained that people harbored anti-atheist sentiments in large part because they didn’t trust us. (Surprise!)

Gervais has just published his latest research in PLOS ONE showing, through a series of experiments, that atheism is virtually synonymous with immorality in the minds of many people. And the way he shows that link is deviously clever.

Here’s what he did for his first experiment:

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