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Sweden 'Least Religious' Nation in Western World


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Ben
- 1280 days ago - thelocal.se
Almost eight out of ten Swedes are either "not religious" or "convinced atheists", according to a new global study that concludes the Nordic nation is the least religious in the West...



   

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Ben O (140)
Wednesday April 15, 2015, 10:05 am
Right on...Science and reason, thank U so much! : ~ )
 

Ben O (140)
Wednesday April 15, 2015, 10:06 am
"Religion is based primarily upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly as the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. It is because fear is at the basis of those two things. In this world we can now begin a little to understand things, and a little to master them by help of science, which has forced its way step by step against the opposition of all the old precepts. Science can help us to get over this craven fear in which mankind has lived for so many generations. Science can teach us, and I think our own hearts can teach us, no longer to look around for imaginary supports, no longer to invent allies in the sky, but rather to look to our own efforts here below to make this world a fit place to live in, instead of the place that the churches in all these centuries have made it..."
(Bertrand Russell)
 

Ben O (140)
Wednesday April 15, 2015, 10:14 am
"Religion has convinced people that there’s an invisible man…living in the sky, who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer and burn and scream until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you and he needs money..."
(George Carlin)
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday April 15, 2015, 10:57 am
Since humankind are not wholly scientific, rational creatures, they need something spiritual and religious to the void that science and reason cannot.
 

. (0)
Wednesday April 15, 2015, 12:55 pm
> Sweden 'Least Religious' Nation in Western World
- Sweden also happens to be one of the least un-equal and most "social" and humane societies ... and, -- surprise, surprise! -- it's among the countries where citizens are/feel least oppressed by the government.
 

. (0)
Wednesday April 15, 2015, 12:57 pm
> Since humankind are not wholly scientific, rational creatures, they need something spiritual and religious to the void that science and reason cannot.
- NEUROTICS "NEED" denial, diversion, distraction, escapism, and other "comforts". Healthy entities simply face reality, even if sometimes inconvenient or uncomfortable.
==
Doubt may be an uncomfortable condition. But surety is ridiculous. The True Philosopher thinks,-- in order to change.
-- Francois-Marie Arouet 'Voltaire' (1694-1778)
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 15, 2015, 3:19 pm
Lucky you Ben--hopefully more will join yours soon enough.
 

Solitary Eagle (324)
Wednesday April 15, 2015, 3:51 pm
It's a slow process, but it seems that the whole planet is moving in that direction. I can't imagine how nice it must be, and probably won't live long enough to see it in the US. Thanks for posting, Ben.
 

Lone F (65)
Wednesday April 15, 2015, 4:49 pm
Noted - thanks dear Ben - I just finished reading a book about the Scandinavian countries (The Almost Nearly Perfect People" by Michael Booth who lives with his Danish wife in Copenhagen - and this was one of the things that was mentioned about the Swedes,
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Thursday April 16, 2015, 3:42 am
In my country, Argentina, only 23% practice practice their religion (Wikipedia).
Thanks for the article, Ben.
 

Ben O (140)
Thursday April 16, 2015, 9:16 am
Those who believe in TELEMANIA, raise my hand! (Know-what-I-mean...???)
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 17, 2015, 8:29 am
My mother was Swedish, my father was German. Both Lutherans but very different when it came to how they practiced. Needless to say they weren't a good match and ended up divorced.
Thank you!
Interesting article.
 

Ben O (140)
Sunday April 19, 2015, 10:27 am
WOW, one out of a million members Care2 note my submission, that is fantastic!!!
(Attention! Sarcasm!)
 

Past Member (0)
Monday June 1, 2015, 2:13 pm
I thought Czech had the more atheists in the west.
Well, statistics...
 

Ben O (140)
Tuesday June 2, 2015, 5:52 am
You're right Dimitris, statistics can prove anything...
 

Ben O (140)
Tuesday June 2, 2015, 5:52 am
BTW; -Those who believe in TELEMANIA, raise my hand!
 
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