Religious Survey

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Which religious category would you fall under?

  • Religious

    Votes: 22 23.7%
  • Agnostic

    Votes: 22 23.7%
  • Atheistic

    Votes: 49 52.7%

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  • #1
Daniel Y.
In writing a paper for my English class, I'd like to include a survey of the three main stances on religious beliefs. Religious (belief in a deity or deities), Agnostic (does not believe in the existence of or absence of a deity or deities), and Atheistic (does not believe in a deity or deities).

Please do not debate the religious types or opinions of others. This is purely for collection of data for my paper, and is not intended to be a contestation of any sort. Thanks.
 
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The agnostic category is challenging to define succinctly. It means different things to different people. For some it is the belief that it is impossible to resolve conclusively whether there is a diety or not. For others it is skepticism about a deity, colored by various degrees of wishing for belief to be possible or irrefutable. Still for others it is a belief in a nebulous spirituality that is not quite in the mold of a deity but in another mold. I don't want to make your endeavor more difficult but there are a lot of nuances there to deal with.
 
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The agnostic category is challenging to define succinctly. It means different things to different people. For some it is the belief that it is impossible to resolve conclusively whether there is a diety or not. For others it is skepticism about a deity, colored by various degrees of wishing for belief to be possible or irrefutable. Still for others it is a belief in a nebulous spirituality that is not quite in the mold of a deity but in another mold. I don't want to make your endeavor more difficult but there are a lot of nuances there to deal with.
I appreciate the feed back. While the definitions of the Agnostic category may differ from individual to individual, I tried paint in broad strokes the three possible choices. I meant for Agnostic to be taken as 'undecided', or more elucidated by Webster to be "a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable; broadly : one who is not committed to believing in either the existence or the nonexistence of God or a god", which is the typical taken meaning of Agnostic.
 
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I'd say that if you feel you can't pick, don't vote. Otherwise go with the predefined definitions the OP stated.
 
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You do realize you have a very poor cross-section here on PF? Your data is going to be highly skewed.
 
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You do realize you have a very poor cross-section here on PF? Your data is going to be highly skewed.
And purposely so. I created the poll here because it's a professional and scientific community - which was the ideal targeted sample for a point in my paper regarding this type of community. In my paper I've included other samples such as a general chat forum survey, artist forum survey, paranormal forum survey, and a few others. I don't intend for this survey to be representative of the general population.
 
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And purposely so. I created the poll here because it's a professional and scientific community - which was the ideal targeted sample for a point in my paper regarding this type of community. In my paper I've included other samples such as a general chat forum survey, artist forum survey, paranormal forum survey, and a few others. I don't intend for this survey to be representative of the general population.
So, I'm curious...how do those other communities compare to PFers?
 
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Oh wow..many are ...atheists.:bugeye:

Is this what happens, when you're into science?
(I guess I'm the exception then, since I love chemistry and yet I still believe in some higher power :rolleyes:)
 
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I think this is a very good idea to include data from this aspect.
 
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Oh wow..many are ...atheists.
You will find more atheists among academics and scientists.
 
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You will find more atheists among academics and scientists.
But I want to be a scientist but I still believe in "god" :rofl:
 
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You will find more atheists among academics and scientists.
I serously would have never guessed that to be the case at all. I was suprised when I saw the vote count at the top too, I was like, WOW, I never thought that would be the case. Can I ask why do you think this is the way?
 
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I serously would have never guessed that to be the case at all. I was suprised when I saw the vote count at the top too, I was like, WOW, I never thought that would be the case. Can I ask why do you think this is the way?
Both from knowing a lot of scientists and academics that are atheist, ok, I do not personally know any that are not atheist and there have been many surveys that also substantiate this.
 
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You will find more atheists among academics and scientists.
This is the correlation I intend to show in my paper; in fact, the general idea of providing samples of specialized forums (Scientific vs. Paranormal for example), as you might have guessed, is to show the general consensus among the individuals in the sample. I would venture to say the paranormal forum would contain an abundance of religious persons, but one might be surprised by the results.
 
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So, I'm curious...how do those other communities compare to PFers?
In general, the results of other surveys tend to have 20-30% Atheistic (but as low as around 5%), 60% theistic (very roughly speaking), and about 10-20% Agnostic. I ran a survey in my high school - but it turned out rather unusable, considering many participants didn't even know what Agnostic meant (a good lesson which taught me to define my terms).
 
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I would venture to say the paranormal forum would contain an abundance of religious persons, but one might be surprised by the results.
That would probably depend on if they understand "religious" to include "Wicca, Druidism, worship of Hern (one of my personal favorites), etc...

Please do let us know the outcome.
 
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Where is scientology? I want that option please. (You can list it under cult)
 
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...They concluded that academics in the natural and social sciences at elite research universities are significantly less religious than the general population. Almost 52 percent of scientists surveyed identified themselves as having no current religious affiliation compared with only 14 percent of the general population. [continued]
http://www.physorg.com/news102700045.html

The wording in the report makes it a bit vague. While I do not really consider myself to be religious in the sense of having religious affiliations, I do have what many would call "spiritual beliefs". For the sake of your poll the word "religious" is defined, but the survey specifically asked about affiliations, so this may not be inclusive. In either case it seems that about half of academic elites have religious beliefs. This would seem to be in line with the physics department at my alma mater.
 
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I would guess that a strict discipline in critical thinking skills, and pattern finding is going to sway people into atheism, more than the no proof of god argument.
 
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I think most Engineering or Science Majors (at my university) do not have a religion ... (or they have created their own lol), and I always wondered why

I change my religion every month; from Buddhism -- > Zen -- > Engineering -- > ...
 
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Man, you left out "Suspending Judgment" which is the one I will answer with most of the time, if not I will just avoid the topic... depending on who is asking.
 
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I chose agnostic. There could be some sort of order that drives the laws of the universe, maybe even an awareness. If this is the case, to me it would qualify as a "god"— though I'm sure it would be nothing like what we have described with our mythologies, so in the sense of religion I am an Atheist.
 
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I would guess that a strict discipline in critical thinking skills, and pattern finding is going to sway people into atheism, more than the no proof of god argument.
The study that I posted suggests that this is not so.

Our study data do not strongly support the idea that scientists simply drop their religious identities upon professional training, due to an inherent conflict between science and faith, or to institutional pressure to conform," Ecklund says.

"It is important to understand this," she adds, "because we face religio-scientific controversies over stem-cell research and evolution, for instance, and increased debate about the role of religion in both national politics and in the public policies that influence science.
 
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I change my religion every month; from Buddhism -- > Zen -- > Engineering -- > ...
When I was searching for a religion a few years back, I really liked the idea of Buddhism and Zen. But after some research, I figured I could follow their tenants without subscribing to the mumbo jumbo.

Jefferson did a similar thing with the Bible. He took out all the supernatural stuff and just left the philosophies it was teaching in. I could live with that, too.
 
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When I was searching for a religion a few years back, I really liked the idea of Buddhism and Zen. But after some research, I figured I could follow their tenants without subscribing to the mumbo jumbo.

Jefferson did a similar thing with the Bible. He took out all the supernatural stuff and just left the philosophies it was teaching in. I could live with that, too.
Amen :wink: .

As I expored more in religion when I was young, I found I could feel quite...spiritual?...as I listened to a beautiful psalm, or a Christmas carol, or an inspiring prayer. But as for the details, I can't believe in miracles or supernatural things any more than I can believe in a guy bending spoons using only his mind.
 

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