If most people believe in science, why is only 10% of the population atheist?
I just want to hear an atheists explanation for this, and please don’t resort to insults.
Most Helpful Girl
In some cases it might cause difficulties. For example, in Ireland unless your child has been baptised they will not get a place in most schools. 90% (this is a legitimate statistic) of schools in Ireland are catholic. I am an atheist, I have been looked down on by the rest of my family and relations (who are catholic). I have been told I am letting my family down because I do not believe. Most of the time I will not mention that I am an atheist just to save time explaining myself.0
Most Helpful Guy
First, that 10% figure is artificially low, as it doesn't fully account for the "nones," people who aren't affiliated with any religion, don't consider themselves religious, or who are genuinely agnostic. If you include the nones, it's actually closer to 20%.
Then there's a certain level of cognitive dissonance with some religious people I know where they believe the science, but they either turn that part of their thinking off one hour a week while in church, or they rationalize the difference between the two. That's how we wound up with the term intelligent design. I've also met a few deists, who do believe in a creator, but a non-interventionist one, who doesn't answer prayers or play a role in the workings in the world. Many of our founding fathers were Deists.0