Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Poll Finds Americans, Especially Millennials, Moving Away From Religion

I came across this article today from NPR: Poll Finds Americans, Especially Millennials, Moving Away From Religion

     I find this encouraging because people should use religion as a base and then grow spiritually from it. Religions were developed by man. What IS important is that people are spiritual because there's NO exclusions, no prejudices, no hatred of others in spiritual people. Sadly, there are all of those qualities in many people who subscribe to various religions. As a spiritual person, I also find that other spiritual people tend to be more kind to others, more loving, more intellectual, not afraid to question things and more accepting of all people unconditionally. Religions serve as a good base, but its critical that we grow out from them, learn about others, respect ALL people and animals and never, ever judge others. Millennials are a great hope that our society will be a lot more loving, accepting and welcoming of all people. 
LISTEN TO THE STORY: http://www.npr.org/audio
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ARTICLE/PODCAST:
Religion is apparently weakening in America. A new report from the Pew Research Center shows that the percentage of Americans who say they believe in God, pray daily and attend church regularly is declining.
Among the findings:
  • The share of Americans who say they are "absolutely certain" that God exists has dropped 8 percentage points, from 71 percent to 63 percent, since 2007, when the last comparable study was made.
  • The percentage of adults who describe themselves as "religiously affiliated" has shrunk 6 points since 2007, from 83 percent to 77 percent.
  • The shares of the U.S. adult population who consider religion "very important" to them, pray daily and attend services at least once a month have declined between 3 and 4 percentage points over the past eight years.
The shift is small but statistically significant, according to the authors, given that the changes have taken place in a relatively short period of time, and the survey sample is large enough (about 35,000 U.S. adults) to be considered reliable.
 
ARTICLE: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/03/454063182/poll-finds-americans-especially-millennials-moving-away-from-religion?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=morningedition&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=202603

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
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About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
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Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14