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    More Indians have stopped believing in God-A recent survey

    LONDON: The latest Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism has found that the number of non religious people in India has risen.


    As against 87% saying they were religious in the same survey in 2005, the percentage has fallen to 81% in 2013. In other words, a drop by 6% in seven years.

    The survey also found a 1% dip in the number of people calling themselves as an atheist. In 2005, 4% people said they didn't believe in God. In 2012, that had dipped to 3%.






    Globally, the trend is similar. Religiosity has dropped by 9%, while atheism has risen by 3%. The report says there is a notable decline across the globe in self-description of being religious.

    Pakistan is among the few countries which has seen an increase in the number of people who call themselves religious - by 6%.

    Argentina, home to the present Pope, saw a 8% dip in people calling themselves religious.

    South Africa has seen a 19% dip in those calling themselves religious, US 13%, Switzerland and France 21% and Vietnam 23%.

    A total of 51,927 persons were interviewed globally from 57 countries across the globe in five continents. In each country a national probability sample of around 1000 men and women was interviewed. China has the highest number of atheists living in a single country with nearly 50% of its population describing themselves as non-believers compared to an average of 13% across the world.

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    Re: More Indians have stopped believing in God-A recent survey

    But, of course, we are still more religious than most of ythe countries covered in this survey

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    Re: More Indians have stopped believing in God-A recent survey

    This was just a small reporting of the full results.

    I will post the entire list of countries below.

    Also, if you want more information, you can find the full PDF of global results here-

    http://www.wingia.com/web/files/news/14/file/14.pdf


    National populations who are more inclined to say they are religious



    Rank ordered from ‘High’ to ‘Low’


    Ghana 96

    Nigeria 93

    Armenia 92

    Fiji 92

    Macedonia 90

    Romania 89

    Iraq 88

    Kenya 88

    Peru 86

    Brazil 85

    Georgia 84

    Pakistan 84

    Afghanistan 83

    Moldova 83

    Colombia 83

    Cameroon 82

    Malaysia 81

    India 81

    Poland 81

    South Sudan 79

    Uzbekistan 79

    Serbia 77

    Tunisia 75

    Saudi Arabia 75

    Italy 73

    Argentina 72

    Ukraine 71

    Ecuador 70

    Lithuania 69

    Bosnia and Herzegovina 67

    Palestinian territories (West Bank and Gaza) 65

    Lebanon 64

    South Africa 64

    United States 60

    Belgium 59

    Bulgaria 59

    Iceland 57

    Russian Federation 55

    Finland 53

    Korea, Rep (South) 52

    Spain 52

    Germany 51

    Switzerland 50

    Ireland 47

    Canada 46

    Azerbaijan 44

    Netherlands 43

    Austria 42

    Hong Kong 38

    France 37

    Australia 37

    Vietnam 30

    Sweden 29

    Turkey 23

    Czech Republic 20

    Japan 16

    China 14







    AMONG BELIEVERS


    SHARE OF ‘I AM RELIGIOUS’ AND ‘NOT Religious




    Religions


    ‘I am Religious’ ------------------Not Religious


    Christians (all denom.) 81%---------------16%




    Muslims 74%----------------- 20%




    Jews 38% --------------------- 54%




    Hindus 82%-------------------- 12%


    http://www.wingia.com/en/news/win_ga...st_century/14/
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    Re: More Indians have stopped believing in God-A recent survey

    Namaste NayaSurya
    Thanks for the list.

    An interesting observation could be, that a look at the most religious countries, and except maybe Brasil and India, all are the least developed out of all.
    Whereas, you can find, China, Japan, Australia, Hongkong in the bottom of the list.

    Why cant religion and development go hand in hand?

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    Re: More Indians have stopped believing in God-A recent survey

    Quote Originally Posted by sapansaxena View Post
    Namaste NayaSurya
    Thanks for the list.

    An interesting observation could be, that a look at the most religious countries, and except maybe Brasil and India, all are the least developed out of all.
    Whereas, you can find, China, Japan, Australia, Hongkong in the bottom of the list.

    Why cant religion and development go hand in hand?
    I think some Hindu traditions teach that perfect enlightenment is only possible in a human form, on earth -- because in realms (the higher heavens) where existence is pleasurable, who wants to do sadhana?

    One could liken the highly developed nations as like the higher heavens, offering little incentive to do sadhana or practice religion.
    "Everybody wants to see God but nobody wants to do any sadhana." -- Swami Sivananda
    "You can advance only through karma yoga; by karma yoga you may benefit others also....Only hard work can make a person powerful and energetic." -- Haidakhan Babaji
    "Do everything you do as Śivathondu." -- Yogaswami

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    Re: More Indians have stopped believing in God-A recent survey

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetavan View Post
    I think some Hindu traditions teach that perfect enlightenment is only possible in a human form, on earth -- because in realms (the higher heavens) where existence is pleasurable, who wants to do sadhana?

    One could liken the highly developed nations as like the higher heavens, offering little incentive to do sadhana or practice religion.

    Namaste Jetavan

    Thats a highly positive and appreciable comparison.
    Maybe you are right, in countries where existence is pleasant, you get lesser time for sadhana/prayer.
    However, why would this make people believe they are less religious, is inexplicable

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    Re: More Indians have stopped believing in God-A recent survey

    I'm curious about the study's definition of "religious" as well. I have no doubt the numbers are accurate, but I think part of the dip may have to do with the reputation of the word "religious" and not whether people actually consider themselves as practitioners of a certain faith.

    At least in the United States I feel like "religious" has a negative connotation. The thought is that fundamentalists are religious, not everyday, reasonable people. This is not exactly correct, but I think there's a stigma there.

    It's not surprising that the numbers are falling in India. At my local temple, a lot of effort goes into keeping the younger generation involved in their faith but I see the eye rolls of the teenagers and hear their scoffing. I can tell that it is difficult.

    I met a young Indian (maybe in his late teens, early twenties) and he asked me "You actually believe in this stuff?"

    Then again, I told religion to go to hell when I was a teenager, and here I've looped back around.

    Shanti
    "God will not have his work made manifest by cowards."
    ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


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    Re: More Indians have stopped believing in God-A recent survey

    Maybe it would have been more beneficial had they published previous percentages according to each religion

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    Re: More Indians have stopped believing in God-A recent survey

    Quote Originally Posted by Jodhaa View Post

    It's not surprising that the numbers are falling in India. At my local temple, a lot of effort goes into keeping the younger generation involved in their faith but I see the eye rolls of the teenagers and hear their scoffing. I can tell that it is difficult.

    I met a young Indian (maybe in his late teens, early twenties) and he asked me "You actually believe in this stuff?"

    Then again, I told religion to go to hell when I was a teenager, and here I've looped back around.

    Shanti
    So, you want to say that young people in late teens and early twenties of previous decade were more religious than now?
    But, in recent days, I have seen religious ideas and spirituality on a rise. Books like Immortals of Meluha and serials like Devon ke Dev Mahadev are a hit among young generation as well. Maybe that has got to do with the marketability of these stuff, but they increase awareness neverthless

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    Re: More Indians have stopped believing in God-A recent survey

    May be they would have stopped being religious but spirituality will always be there. God is a very subjective thing.
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