How Many Atheists
In The World?
Do you know where I may obtain reliable statistics on the percentage of atheists in the USA and the percentage in the world? Thank you.
I thought I read the world estimate is somewhere between 70 - 90 percent, but -- ?
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From: "Positive Atheism" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Sharon E. Fair"
Subject: Re: Request
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2001 9:01 AM
Encarta suggests the percentage of "weak" atheists (all nontheists -- ranging from those who simply lack a god belief to those who assert that all god claims are falsehood) to be significantly above the incidence of Muslims and slightly above that of Roman Catholics.
However, the most thorough assessment of religious trends lives on adherents.com. To wade through these over 57,000 statistics would be quite a chore. Suffice it to say that if by atheist you mean somebody who consciously and deliberately rejects as falsehood the claim that gods exist, we're about four percent. If by atheist you mean somebody who lacks belief in gods for whatever reason (and this form of atheism is compatible with the agnosticism that simply doesn't know), then we're over one-fifth of the world's population.
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