Talk about an unsubstantiated and completely unwarranted conclusion.
You can only make a claim like that if this data showed the changes of a group over time. In other words, you'd need the same people asked the same question at multiple point in their life, something which this study did not do. The 60 year olds are completely different people than the 20 year olds, and you have no idea how religious those 60 year olds were when they were 20.
Yet more evidence that you do not understand how science and research works.
> And as they get older they become aware of their moritality. The smart ones > turn back to God.
No, the smart ones accept the reality that death is a natural part of life rather than turning to a comforting fantasy. People die. That's all there is to it. You can either accept it and live your life like every minute matters or you can fight it and embrace a religious lie and waste the only life you have.
> Neither the Republican Party nor the Religious Right can live without > each other. And both are in serious decline amongst the younger > generation.
Sure they can, the Republicans did just fine without all the religious trappings before the 70s. What happened is the Southern Democrats escaped to the Republican party in the wake of desegregation and Roe v. Wade and took their idiotic religious beliefs with them. What we've seen is a calculated attempt to force a particular religious bent on the American people through the political process. The Republican Party isn't Republican anymore, it doesn't stand for any of the things that it traditionally did like fiscal responsibility, small government and minimal government interference in your life. In fact, the Republicans look a lot more like Democrats in their methodology than they do like traditional Republicans.
The Republican party can certainly survive without the Religious Right, in fact it's high time they return to actual conservative values and jettison the former Southern Democrats entirely.
Andrea C. Phelps, MD; Paul K. Maciejewski, PhD; Matthew Nilsson, BS; Tracy A. Balboni, MD; Alexi A. Wright, MD; M. Elizabeth Paulk, MD; Elizabeth Trice, MD, PhD; Deborah Schrag, MD, MPH; John R. Peteet, MD; Susan D. Block, MD; Holly G. Prigerson, PhD: Religious Coping and Use of Intensive Life-Prolonging Care Near Death in Patients With Advanced Cancer. JAMA. 2009;301(11):1140-1147.
>> Neither the Republican Party nor the Religious Right can live without >> each other. And both are in serious decline amongst the younger >> generation.
> Hasn't religion ALWAYS been in serious decline amongst the younger > generation? It certainly was when I was young. Did CIA death squads > go out and shot all the atheists from my generation?
Certainly and many do turn back as they age. But the return for most never seems to get back to the original point. The beliefs are a little less rigid, the dress code a little less formal, the women and children treated a little more like humans. Thier gods are a little more abstract.
"In olden days, a glimpse of stockings was looked on as somethng shocking"
In article <fA9ul.2636$gm6....@nwrddc02.gnilink.net>, Brian Henderson <BrianL.Hender...@NOSPAM.verizon.net> wrote:
> No, the smart ones accept the reality that death is a natural part of > life rather than turning to a comforting fantasy. People die. That's > all there is to it. You can either accept it and live your life like > every minute matters or you can fight it and embrace a religious lie and > waste the only life you have.
> Either way, you're still going to die.
I was reading an article that said > Religious Patients More Likely to Seek Intensive Life-Prolonging Treatment
My take is the more religious are more afraid of dying, I mean, if you are thinking you may end up in eternal torment you would want to delay the event. Or maybe those who are religious are religious because they are afraid of death.