New Pew survey: 21% of atheists believe in God

Behold, my friends, the ultimate nuance.


Think that’s odd? Follow the link and scroll down to pages 9 and 11, where you’ll find 12% professing a belief in heaven and 10% praying at least once a week. (Note: That doesn’t mean meditation. That was posed in a separate question.) I can’t believe I have to ask this, but … do we actually need separate sects within atheism for those who are, um, actual atheists and those who aren’t?

Not much else will surprise you, particularly the coincidence between faith and politics on page 5, but do note the surprisingly low percentages for Jewish respondents on page 4. Is Judaism now more of a cultural institution than a religious one?