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Religious Beliefs
The sad fact is the vast majority of the world’s people will believe anything. Critical thinking is the exception not the norm. Only about 11% of the world's population are either atheists or have no religion.  That leaves nearly 90%  believing in Something, even if the vast majority are not very clear what that is and don't even particularly care most of the time.

There are 3.33 billion Christians, almost half of the world's population, very very few of whom think critically about the doctrines they supposedly believe. Christians are not encouraged to think, just to accept the faith as given to them either via priests or bishops or via holy books of ancient but doubtful provenance.  Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Jews, make-up another 3.06 billion people, almost the other half of the Earth’s 7.02 billion people and certainly none of them are encouraged to think critically about their belief systems either. It is all about ‘acceptance of the faith’. There are ever growing numbers of atheists in the West, encouraged by their own high priests, people like the nihilist Richard Dawkins or the late Christopher Hitchens. From a rather cursory look at religions, Dawkins concludes that there is no God and Hitchens that religion is virtually the fount of all evil.  Atheism is the sixth largest religion.  I call it a religion because it is still a belief system, albeit lack of belief.

Religions of the World by Population  (CIA Fact book 2012) 

Religion

Population  in Millions

Percentage of
 7,021,836,029

Although the numbers for Christianity appear impressive, many of these Christians are far more likely to be notional rather than real. They derive from the population of countries where the tradition by default is Christian rather than being any statement of people's real beliefs. The same is true of Jews. From his language and behaviour it seems clear that John Key, New Zealand’s current Prime Minister, is an atheist Jew. Israel has several million like him. They call them secular Jews. There are probably several million more in New York too.

 

Christian

2,341

 

33.35

 

Roman Catholic
Protestant
Eastern Orthodox
Anglican

 

1,181
426
282
88.5

 

16.83
6.08
4,03
1.26

Muslim

1.575

 

22.43

 

Hindu

967

 

13.78

 

Buddhist

501

 

7.13

 

Zoroastrian

183

 

2.60

 

Atheist

143

 

2.04

 

Sikh

25.2

 

0.36

 

Jew

14.7

 

0.21

 

Bahai

7.7

 

0.11

 

Other Religions

601

 

8.57

 

No religion

661

 

9.42

 

Total

7,021

 

100

 

From my experiences in Egypt, I would conclude that there is more of a genuine belief in Allah there than I would say there is of God in BritainHowever I would not say that the average Egyptian leads anymore a godly life than does the average Christian in Britain. The Muslim appears to rely heavily on the mercy of Allah to forgive his manifold sins just as the Christian relies on the blood sacrifice of Jesus to forgive his transgressions.

So where lies the real belief, as witnessed by the way most people, whatever their religion, really lead their lives?

Belief in Aliens
There are probably more people today in this world who believe in aliens than who really believe in God, especially in the West, if only thanks to Hollywood. You will certainly find more ‘Evidence’ for aliens on the internet than you will find evidence for God. Certainly that would appear to be the case in the so-called Christian world. However the evidence put forward for aliens could hardly be called primary evidence. The various sites all refer to one another in a circular manner quoting mysterious reports and lots of hearsay. But people believe what they want to. People are happy with the idea of aliens, particularly in the popular concept now that aliens are trying to save us from ourselves. The idea of a real God, not the cosy Jesus your ever-loving and forgiving mate, one to whom everyone ultimately will be answerable is not a popular concept at all. But there is far more primary scientific evidence for such a God, at least on the balance of probabilities than there is evidence for the existence of aliens.

But is there really anything there?

 

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