Reason Freely

Robert Putnam on Religion in America

Posted in Uncategorized by reasonfreely on December 23, 2010

Listen to this interview

Robert Putnam co-wrote a new book on religion in America called American Grace.  In the interview linked above, he talks a lot about the Nones.

Good news all over the place.  For instance, over 80% of Americans believe that there is truth in most religions, per a survey question that also gave the option to respond that their religion was the only one that’s right.

Is this some form of Pascal’s Wager (what if I dis the wrong religion) or is it something deeper — growing reason?  The belief that what you were told is right and what others were told is wrong is a deep acceptance of an argument from authority.  The belief that everyone is basically right about most things, despite the fact that most religious dogma disagrees, is thinking for yourself.

Thoughts?  Feel free to listen to the interview and comment on Kojo’s site instead.  Just link me to your comment so I can read your insights 🙂

 

(And…  Yes, I know it’s been a while since my last post.)

 

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  1. PMMDJ said, on December 23, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Well, they didn’t quantify what they mean by ‘truth.’ I mean, a lot of religions cover the basics of ‘don’t steal other people’s stuff,’ ‘be nice to poor people,’ etc. Stuff even the atheists can agree is a good lesson for people to follow.

    And most religious people aren’t dogmatic fundamentalists, honestly. Most Christians think Jesus was God, but most of them don’t think you should kill people who disagree.


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