(Worthy News) – For the first time, a majority of Americans — 56 percent — say it is possible to be a good person without a religious belief.
So says new Pew Research Center data drawn from two polls conducted among about 5,000 American adults in June and July.
“God is not a prerequisite for good values and morality,” Greg Smith, Pew’s associate director of research, said in a post about the findings. ” … [T]he public’s increased rejection of the idea that belief in God is necessary for morality is due, in large part, to the spike in the share of Americans who are religious ‘nones.’”
Nones now account for about one-quarter — 23 percent — of American adults, up from 16 percent in 2007. But their growth is not the whole story behind the numbers. [ Source: Christian Headlines (Read More…) ]