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Old 01-29-2009, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Swamps of Florida
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I'm feeling lucky here, FL is just an average. Yupee!!
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:25 PM
 
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Well, I don't find this all that surprising. Thing is, when people say "is religion important in your day to day life?" it is not the same as asking people "is a higher-power important to your day to day life?"

Faith in divinity and being religious are not necessarily the same thing.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:39 PM
 
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It IS sad that the northern states are godless.
Do you have any idea how insulting this statement is? I am one of the most spiritual people you will ever meet. Every ounce of my being exudes a deep connection to the mystical. And yet, if someone were to ask me if religion played an important role in my life, I would say no, because I've reached a level by which I have tapped into the truth that transcends all religion and science.



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Why does the USA have to be so backward?
We're still a very young nation. The reason Europe has turned away from religion is because they reached a level of wealth and centuries of war and oppression made them realize they were better off without it. The U.S. is the only developed nation that holds onto religion. The major religions are tapping the undereducated / impoverished populations to maintain numbers. But our relative youth, peace, and prosperity has prevented us from facing the kind of strife that Europe did.

I actually think it's a great aspect of our culture that this quest for the deeper truth (as bastardized as it has become through fundamentalism) remains strong despite our wealth.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:07 PM
 
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Frankly I'm surprised Kentucky's not higher on the list. I do love my state, but plenty of my friends tell me I do not belong here. lol

At first, like you, I was completely surprised that it wasn't either, but now that I think about it, I am not surprised at all. The word "religion" has a negative connotation amongst the evangelical/fundamentalist demographic in Ky.

Had the question in that survey substituted "Jesus" for the word "Religion", then Kentucky unquestionably would have been at the top.
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:33 PM
 
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Kind of wish California was lower on the list. But, people are pretty mellow for the most part. Most religious people don't bother me. Some do. Some are lame. Others, like my really good friend, does not try to convert. He accepts science as science and religion as religion and realizes that it is his own personal choice. So I'm okay with that. I think that's the majority of religous people in California.
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Chicago metro
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I'm not all that suprise my state(Illinois) is not at the top ten most religious. Every list I see, Illinois is never in the top or least, we are always in the middle. I guess thats why Illinois is considered the most average state in the country.
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:38 AM
 
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I thought that honor went to Missouri. I mean... it's Missouri! You all at least have Chicago and Lake Michigan.
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:45 AM
 
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I thought that honor went to Missouri. I mean... it's Missouri! You all at least have Chicago and Lake Michigan.
IL being the most average goes back to an old marketing concept..."Well if it works in Peoria, it'll work in the rest of the United States". It is said to be the most average city in America...historically of course.
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:46 AM
 
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Sorry I butchered the quotation... "Will it play in Peoria?" that's the quotation.
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Old 01-30-2009, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Western Cary, NC
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So people distracted with technology, materialism, and hedonism are less likely to be attracted to knowing their creator.


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No, they are more likely to recognize what is true and what is myth or bull. They are also more likely to be educated, more likely to have been exposed to other views, and in most cases younger than the narrow Christian cross section of the poll. As for Materialism and Hedonism I see enough in all groupsí religious or not to see it is a problem related to the human condition. Technology is a positive which opens doors and truth to the masses willing to open their eyes and look. I understand religions fear of open doors and educating the masses. It is a sure way of turning sheep into thinking beings.
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