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Old 09-16-2011, 09:30 AM
 
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Better science curriculum in Europe? That would certainly explain it.
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Old 09-16-2011, 04:59 PM
 
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Better beer in Germany, Better Wine in France!
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:33 AM
 
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And there is less genetically engineered meat in Europe than the US of A.
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:33 PM
 
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Europe have been the continent with more than a few non believers or people willing to think outside the norm for some time, at least dating back to Ancient Greece with the birth of philosophia and condoning homosexuality.
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Europe have been the continent with more than a few non believers or people willing to think outside the norm for some time, at least dating back to Ancient Greece with the birth of philosophia and condoning homosexuality.
I agree with you. Europeans value intellectualism and independent thought, so it's only natural they'd have more skeptics when it comes to religion.
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Old 09-21-2011, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Valencia, Spain
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I agree with you. Europeans value intellectualism and independent thought, so it's only natural they'd have more skeptics when it comes to religion.
We're just plain smarter than you guys.
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Victoria, BC.
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It's not just in Europe... In the United States, I guess you can say that there is one category of person who cannot be elected, and that’s an atheist. And in Canada, there’s a category of person who can’t be elected and of course that is a person who is an ostentatious religious person. Religious Divide Between U.S. & Canada
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:30 AM
 
Location: New York City
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I articulated this observation a few years back right on this very forum. It occurred to me after I noticed that I grew up in a HEAVILY Christian saturated Caribbean, where many of the islands were once under European domination. I could not understand why many of the former colonial powers NOW look at Christianity as some outdated relic that you pay a little lip service to but their former colonies still cling to it like it is the last spaceship leaving a dying planet. I looked at Spain's relatively large unbelieving population compared to say, Mexico, which is overwhelmingly Catholic. Just 500 years ago there were Spanish Conquistadors beating religion into the native population of that country and today, the very same country those Conquistadors came from (Spain) barely pay Christianity a second thought, yet the former colony can't let it go.
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Old 09-27-2011, 04:36 PM
 
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New England got the Puritans.
Georgia and South Carolina got the convicts. (After the Revolution, Britain no longer could send them to the US. Australia was discovered at a convenient time.)

Yet the Northeast today is as secular as Europe, and the South, which in the early 19th century was far less religious, is today the most religious part of the US.


The northeast has always been the most progressive & intellectual region of the country and has more than other regions taken its cultural cues from western europe.

The south has more of an outback hillbilly culture. Also the corrupting institution of slavery required that the minds of the vast majority of the disinfranchised white population be controlled. This required that liberal intellectualism be hindered and created a subculture in which critical and independent thinking was not cultivated over time.
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:26 PM
 
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People are better educated and more worldly in Europe, in general.
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