I deliberately placed this article last for fear that my readers would get caught up in the discussion, and fail to read the other articles. Much like a teenage boy ready to set gasoline on fire, I'm eagerly anticipating the flare up, but simultaneously hoping I don't get burned too badly.
I was very much surprised to find an article in the USA Today entitled Science and religion aren't friends The summary gloss says, "One relies on truth; the other relies on hope and obfuscation. Trying to equate the two, or giving religion undue authority, does the world no good." The reason I was surprised is because this blatantly atheist article was published in a country where 83% of the people are religious. (Pew report) As expected, some readers are already writing in to take umbrage with the thesis of the article.
I do NOT want this discussion to deteriorate in the typical donnybrook about whether or not God exists. This means I will not publish any comments that attempt to defend or detract from either argument. (You are welcome to indicate whether you are a believer or non-believer, but that is all.) What I DO want to know is whether or not you think the United States is becoming more atheist than it was before. I am looking for evidence (even anecdotal) of a trend in one direction or another. Please do not include whether you think that is a good thing or a bad thing. I'm sure that will be evident by the tone of your comments.
My goal is to instigate an interesting and intellectual discourse on the theological course of America. I will do my best to prevent this from spiraling out of control.