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God! We’ve got US in a mess

Divining a decline in divine belief in the land of hype and glory.

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Oct 24, 2019, 08.54 AM IST
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According to a study, only 65% of all Americans now describe themselves as Christians, down from 77% a decade earlier.
José de la Cruz Porfirio Díaz Mori, the military dictator who was seven times president of Mexico, famously rued that his unfortunately situated country was “So far from God, and so close to the US”.

Now, however, it would seem that even as President Donald Trump seeks to distance the US by building a wall between it and its southern neighbour that he recently described as a place that has a “lot of bad hombres”, America is also gradually drifting away from the Divine Being.

According to a telephone survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2018 and 2019, only 65% of all Americans now describe themselves as Christians, down from 77% a decade earlier.

At the same time, the categories of the ‘religiously unaffiliated’ — or ‘nones’ — grew significantly, with self-professed atheists now accounting for 4% of the total adult population, up from 2% in 2009.

While the country is in no immediate compulsion to change its name to the United States of Atheism, or paraphrase its national mantra to ‘In God we mistrust’, and Darwinian evolutionism is still challenged by divine ‘creationism’, the foundations of faith are not as firm as before.

As much is suggested by the story of the redneck who, revived after a near-death experience in which he’d met his Maker, was asked what the Almighty was like. “It’s complicated,” replied the resurrected one. “To begin with, She’s black.”

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