The coalition of the silent majority is aging and dying off, and if speak to a number of young people, the number of atheists and "agnostics" continues to increase.
An interesting read. I was born and raised a Catholic, and I haven't set foot in a church in three years. It's not that I'm anti-religion, I'm just anti-church. Going to church is something I always HATED while growing up. I could think of better things to do with the hour that was usually wasted in church.
Young and old people need to have a strong spiritual faith and foundation in God. One of the direct causes for the moral decay we see is from people turning away from God.
1972 Miami Dolphins - "Perfection"
- "What do we mean by the defeat of the enemy? Simply the destruction of his forces, whether by death, injury, or any other means -- either completely or enough to make him stop fighting. . . . ."-Carl von Clausewitz-
Why can't you live a life where homosexuality is discouraged, abortion is shunned, and alcohol use and gambling is outside the realm of your family? Why isn't that enough for you? Why do you have to control the lives of other people?
I think this little minute and a half video explains it all.
I don't know what to call myself other then a spiritual seeker, but I find agnosticism to be very compelling. just so you know where I cam coming from.
While some of our more religious members would disagree, there is no way to show empirical evidence one way or another. To me, agnosticism is really a form of atheism. Again, religious people would disagree with this, but atheism covers essentially the same thing. For the most part, we don't go out into the streets and scream that we know the answers. We don't know the answers, so we do not believe. Some have tried to say that not believing is a form of belief, but that does not simply work. Not believing in your child's imaginary friend is not a belief system, but a lack of a belief system. An atheist is not trying to claim a universal truth, but instead admit that they do not know and are unconvinced by the arguments of religious organizations. If agnostics are also unconvinced, I see them fitting more correctly in the realm of atheism.
Dawkins explained it a lot better in The God Delusion.
I see the term thrown around as a way to try and be non-controversial, and for some, a certain trendiness among the young. This does not apply to everyone, obviously, but it seems similar to Ron Paul-ism today and Buddhism a few years ago.