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James

"...notion of a loving and forgiving God patently ridiculous?"

Do you?

David

I consider myself an aspiring Christian, but I've seen enough pain and sorrow to constantly question my faith.

koogleschreiber

The answer might be simple: Prussian subservience and German thoroughness. Imagine, Germans never had a problem with a law named 'police reporting obligation'. Germans perfectly blend in any political system, orders from top are always considered the result of superior insight and rarely questioned - at least by 50% of the population, right and left bourgeois, bureaucrats, police, army etc.

The Left Party still is a people's party in East Germany. Nostalgy of the beauty of militarized life...

michijo

The most secular states in the USA have a high number of Catholics. While the most religiously fanatic areas like Mississippi are all Protestant. I find the notion that Protestants are more prone to atheism absurd. It is not North versus South either, as the British and Scottish were always Protestant fanatics with the Church of England. The Irish moreover are Catholics, and Ireland is more fanatical than the American South, so in both cases, neither branch seems more prone to Atheism. Vermont is the most secular state in the USA and has plenty of Irish immigrants, moreover. I cannot therefore qualify, being an atheism myself, what makes people Atheists or net in certain areas. I read that Czech Republic was the most secular nation in Europe.

michijo

Romania is one of the most extremely religious places in Europe, but it too was under Communism. It is merely inexplicable.

michijo

I became an atheist when very young, not even a teenager. I was walking around my apartment building where my family lived, and started thinking that my mother would die if I didnt believe in God, sort of like the rhyme "step on a crack, break your mother's back". Suddenly, I had an epiphany that it was all non-sense! I was only 11 years old or so. Ive never believed in God since that time. It is all just so many threats and "magical-thinking" with religion.

Joseph

There is a difference between Protestants. Lutherans for example are rather liberal compared with Baptist. It lies pretty much in the theology. Estonia and East germany were both Lutheran and are now the least religious places in the world. Scandinavian Lutherans survived due to the state church in those countries.

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