Scandanavian Nonbelievers, Which Is Not to Say Atheists

nytimes.com/2009/02/28/us/28beliefs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=europe

What do you think about this?

Here’s an excerpt from the article to give you an idea of what it is about:

Anyone who has paid attention knows that Denmark and Sweden are among the least religious nations in the world. Polls asking about belief in God, the importance of religion in people’s lives, belief in life after death or church attendance consistently bear this out.

It is also well known that in various rankings of nations by life expectancy, child welfare, literacy, schooling, economic equality, standard of living and competitiveness, Denmark and Sweden stand in the first tier.

Well documented though they may be, these two sets of facts run up against the assumption of many Americans that a society where religion is minimal would be, in Mr. Zuckerman’s words, “rampant with immorality, full of evil and teeming with depravity.”

Which is why he insists at some length that what he and his wife and children experienced was quite the opposite: “a society — a markedly irreligious society — that was, above all, moral, stable, humane and deeply good.”

I think the most interesting part is that even though the Scandanavians are apparently indifferent to religion, they cling to at Christian identity and reject atheism.

Death tourism is booming in Switzerland. Swiss Justice Minister Against Death Tourism eturbonews.com/3672/swiss-justice-minister-against-death-tourism

Gay marriage, legal prostitution, legal incest (as long as the child is over age 18 - I read about 65% of the prostitutes are incest babies), polygamy (as long as the family was married outside of the country), death tourism, child euthanasia, and a political party that promotes bestiality, child pornography, pedophilia, and drugs, abortion, and declining population are all present in the Netherlands and people don’t see a cause for concern. :eek: :o :confused: :shrug: It seems that you may have the lessening economic poverty of the South and the growing cultural and moral poverty of the North. :o :confused: :shrug:

** Netherlands grapples with euthanasia for babies. **msnbc.msn.com/id/6621588/

This is where we are headed - child euthanaisa and baby euthanasia - when we fail to explicitly, seriously, and fervently condemn live birth abortion. :frowning:

Neither Switzerland, nor the Netherlands, are in Scandanavia. :confused:

I think the most interesting part is that even though the Scandanavians are apparently indifferent to religion, they cling to at Christian identity and reject atheism.

— Dale_M

I think it might be a bit much to say Scandinavians “cling” to a Christian identity. I think more likely, people see no reason to lose a part of their cultural heritage. In Sweden, for example, only around 15% believe in a personal God (around 40% for any deities at all), and around 30% believe in an afterlife. If it were true that people still need to cling to Christianity despite their apathy, I would expect those numbers to be quite higher.

How can you trust that NYTIMes its nothing more than liberal propganda!

Well, what do you think of the post that preceded yours?

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