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We are a worldwide social network of freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and secular humanists.

Nearly half of all Americans expect Jesus to return by 2050.

The poll by the Pew Research Centre questioned 1,546 adults aged 21-26 and asked them about a range of things they expected to happen by 2050.

They found 71 per cent expect cancer will be cured, 66 per cent expect artificial limbs to be working better than real ones and 53 per cent say ordinary people will travel in space.

But it was the high number who confidently predict a Second Coming that raised eyebrows.

David Silverman, spokesman for American Atheists, blamed poor education and ignorance.

He said: 'This just shows how ignorant people are and that our school system does not teach critical thinking, something that Britain does.

'I am not so sure the figure is that high as some people will say they believe in God when they don't really believe at all.

'My prediction is that by 2050 that number will have shrunk significantly. We are not a more religious nation, we are a more brainwashed nation.

'If religion challenges school governors they cave in and roll over, that does not happen so much in Britain.'

He added: 'They have been saying Jesus will return for 2,000 years, and I'm sure they will be saying he will return for the next 2,000'.

In Britain the situation is much different and while many call themselves Christians if asked, church membership has been declining steadily.

The latest British Social Attitudes Survey's report showed that those calling themselves non-religious rose from 31 per cent to 43 per cent between 1983 and 2008.

A survey last year showed that two thirds of teenagers don't believe in God at all.

Those who replied to the survey said that family, friends, money, music and even reality television are more important than religion.

Some six out of ten 10 children also believe that religion 'has a negative influence on the world'.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1288647/Jesus-return-2050-e...

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Comment by Chris on April 10, 2019 at 10:23am

 Armagedon (War, Climate Change and etceters) is  being promoted to bring on the "Second Coming" and rapture to get to 'heaven."

Unfortunately people actually read and believe the christianrapture nonsense.

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Comment by Chris on April 10, 2019 at 10:12am

Respondents to a poll who proclaim no reliious affiliation  is immaterial to if the respondent believes in "Gowd." - It just means they don't typically don't go to church.

The Onion satire   - Terrible.

Check out  The Straight Dope for more interisting and humiorous information.

Comment by Lester Unega Waya on April 1, 2013 at 1:39pm

Robert.

Re;

"Onion"

This particle, it wouldn't be a carrot would it.

Comment by Robert Joseph Jagiello on April 1, 2013 at 12:56pm

Somewhat related, but beside the point, reference to a recent headline in the "Onion": (paraphrased) Scientists report having found the God particle and successfully killing it."

Comment by Robert Joseph Jagiello on April 1, 2013 at 12:53pm

Not sure that I recognize the implicit assumption that "Jesus was already here." And, that's an euphemistic description of what I really think about the whole Christology drama.

Comment by Onyango Makagutu on April 1, 2013 at 2:40am

In the Grand Inquisitor, Dostoevsky writes that if the lord were to come back they would still kill him maybe that is why those polled want him to come back so badly!

What am not sure of is will the recognise him when he comes or they will be busy with reality tv to notice?

Comment by Marc on March 31, 2013 at 9:45pm

Proven by multiples polls!

Comment by Marianne on March 31, 2013 at 9:06pm

They are sort of  hopeful, are they ?

Comment by A Former Member on March 31, 2013 at 2:41pm

The only thing that concerns me here is that people think reality television is more important than anything

Comment by Michel on March 30, 2013 at 9:37pm

I think as a society we collectively project our knowledge of our own personal terminality - the one no one's ready to face - into this End Of The World fantasy. It's an imaginary deflection that feels better than the facts.

In a way, these people are correct: upon our death, the whole world ceases to exist as well - for all practical purposes. But for them, it is just a minor inconvenience as they will all meet again in the afterlife. Specially if everyone they love dies with them in the Armageddon.

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