A secular census has recently been launched and Mary Ellen Sikes is doing a week-long blog series about the results. She shot me an email this last weekend, which I just got to yesterday, and asked if I’d post them. Seemed interesting, so here we go. (You can also find these posts over at Stephanie Zvan’s blog Almost Diamonds)
Post #1 can be found here.
Post #2 can be found here.
Post #3 can be found here.
More than 71% of those providing religious background data to the Secular Census have a former faith, most dating back to childhood. 30.9% received religious training in a theistic congregation, 16.7% attended religious schools during all or most of their K-6 years, and 12% during all or most of grades 7 through 12. It can’t be a lack of exposure to theology that leads to atheism.
Blame it on knowledge: by far the most frequently cited reasons for leaving the fold are “Became too educated to remain religious” (79%) and “Too much skepticism about basic tenets” (78%).
“If you want to know about God, you might want to talk to an atheist,” wrote the Los Angeles Times.
Tomorrow – Myth #5: Atheists are waging a War on Christmas.
Mary Ellen Sikes is the founder, president, and developer of the American Secular Census. She became involved in the secular movement in the early 1990s, went on to found and lead a local humanist group, and has served in various staff, officer, advisory, and board positions for regional and national organizations, most recently as a co-founder of Secular Woman.
American Secular Census methodology: Because not all registrants complete every form or every question, sample sizes vary from topic to topic and cannot be generalized. Until the Census reaches a 5-figure registry overall, analysis should be considered suggestive rather than statistically authoritative; however, most questions now have sample sizes approaching or exceeding those of nationally recognized surveys.