Even most atheists cannot completely shake off their belief in the supernatural, a new study says.
According to recent Investigationeven those who claim not to believe in an organized religion accepted at least some supernatural feelings.
The study comes from the Understanding Unbelief project, which is sponsored by the University of Kent in the UK and based on thousands of atheistic or agnostic respondents.
The crossover between general populations and those describing themselves and agnostic or atheist can be greater than people think. File photo
"Disbelief in God does not necessarily mean disbelief in other supernatural phenomena," the authors of the report write.
& # 39; Atheists and (less than) agnostics exhibit lower levels of supernatural beliefs than the wider populations.
& # 39; However, only minorities of atheists or agnostics in each of our countries appear to be vigorous naturalists. & # 39;
What exactly those beliefs are depends on the experts' research.
In the US, just under 20 percent of Americans said they believed in & # 39; supernatural beings & # 39; while about 50 percent of self-described atheists in China said they believed in & # 39; underlying forces of good and evil & # 39 ;.
Relatively speaking, among the general populations in the United States, those percentages rise to 60 percent in the United States and 70 percent in China.
The most widely accepted beliefs among atheists, classified by insistence on not believing in the existence of God and agnostics, who say it cannot be proven in any way, are the sentiment that & # 39 ; underlying forces & # 39; are of good and evil; that & # 39; there is a universal mind or life force & # 39 ;; and & # 39; the most important life events are intended for a reason and happen & # 39 ;.
Agnostics in particular are more inclined to believe in the supernatural according to research. This result was expected, researchers say, because agnosticism is defined by not knowing
Atheists were more determined in their rejection of supernatural phenomena, but still tended to embrace certain surprising ideas
The study, which merged atheists from the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, Brazil, Denmark, and China, found that respondents from Japan tended to be the least & # 39; supernatural inclined & # 39; while those from China and Brazil believed the most.
Some of the & # 39; unbelievers & # 39; not only accept the idea of some supernatural phenomenon and philosophies, but according to the report, none of the nationalities studied by researchers were considered overwhelming & # 39; naturalists & # 39; – a category rejects all supernatural ideas.
& # 39; In none of the six countries surveyed does the percentage of unbelievers who qualify as naturalists approach 50 (percent) & # 39 ;, says the report.
& # 39; Even among American atheists, the most naturalistic group in our surveyed countries, only a third seem to have a fully naturalistic worldview. & # 39;
Although the study focused primarily on atheists and agnostics, researchers were also able to compare how the beliefs of & # 39; unbelievers & # 39; piled up against the general population.
According to recent research, even those who claimed not to believe in an organized religion accepted at least some supernatural feelings
Surprisingly, the crossover was noticeable when it came to the more fundamental tenants of the moral codes of groups.
& # 39; There is a striking amount of agreement between unbelievers and the general population about the values that are most important to & # 39; finding meaning in the world and your own life & # 39 ;. & # 39; Family & # 39; and & # 39; Freedom & # 39; are highly rated for everyone & # 39 ;, is the report.
Where that commonality seemed to resolve somewhat, however, there were some notable categories – including & # 39; truth & # 39 ;, & # 39; nature & # 39; and & # 39; science & # 39 ;.
Although the report does not speak explicitly about age, around the world, studies show that among younger generations the case of & # 39; unbelievers & # 39; much more common.
In a recent study by Pew Research, young adults between 18 and 39 years old reported less frequently that religion & # 39; very important & # 39; for them was in 46 of the 106 countries surveyed.
Whether secularism is on the rise, remains to be seen. People tend to become more religious as they age and those who are religious are more likely to have children, which means that those populations can grow much faster than their secular peers.
ARE WE FOR A GOD FUTURE FUTURE?
Graham Lawton, author of the new book & # 39;How to be human, & # 39; suggests that as our lives become more stable, society & # 39; may become wicked as our need for religion fades.
When children come across religion, Mr. Lawson claims that they find the explanation it offers intuitively attractive and credible – making them believers – but this instinct is provoked by them.
The author claimed the reason why people continue to believe it because & # 39; they have not thought so hard about it & # 39 ;.
Although the future will increasingly be secular, people will never lose the god instinct.
As long as existential uncertainty exists, Mr. Lawton claims that religion will not disappear completely – although he believes that some things in the Bible & # 39; just crazy & # 39; to be.
People cling to moral guidance and existential comfort and don't let them go easily, he said.
His remarks are based on the cognitive theory of religion that states that faith is a by-product of our cognitive equipment.
Our brains are ready to see meaning everywhere, which helps us to understand random events.
Children love the idea that there is order and design in the world and it is actually useful because it allows them to reason about possible threats that we cannot see, for example a predator lurking in a nearby bush.
According to Mr. Lawton, while this is an evolutionary advantage, this also facilitates delusion and a & # 39; sense of correctness & # 39 ;.
& # 39; To be a true atheist and to reject all religious ideas is not humanly possible – we still fill that gap with something & # 39 ;, said Mr. Lawton.
As long as existential uncertainty exists, Mr. Lawton claims that religion will not disappear completely.
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