Re: [asa] Look Who's Irrational Now

From: PvM <>
Date: Thu Sep 25 2008 - 13:32:19 EDT

One may be tempted based on anecdotal and isolated surveys to jump to
certain conclusions based on purely statistical information. For instance,
the reason why more traditional Christians are less likely to admit to
belief in the paranormal, seems simple, because they have been told that
such is strongly at odds with their faith. Remember the objections by some
denominations to the Harry Potter books because of the witchcraft involved.

The WSJ's write provides us with an interesting spin but somehow I'd like to
see the full survey before jumping to conclusions based on anecdote and few
other isolated surveys.

Funny how some are quick to conclude that "Gallup/Baylor study proves
traditional Christianity promotes rationalism"

The survey found that 45 percent of Americans report having at least two
religious encounters (Ch. 6, "Religious Experiences: God Told Me to Go to
Church"). Denomination matters, too. Conservative Protestants are more
likely than liberal Protestants, Catholics or Jews to report religious or
mystical experiences. However, these experiences are not limited to
conservative Protestants. They occur with considerable frequency in nearly
all religious groups. The survey also showed that women, African Americans
and Republicans are more apt to have religious and mystical experiences.
I wonder how one could spin that one :-)
Perhaps  there is a conservation of 'religious/mystical' experiences across
the US population?
On Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 6:50 PM, Nucacids <> wrote:
>  Baylor has just released an extensive survey that I need to get hold of.
> For it tends to validate something that I have long suspected because of
> anecdote and a few other isolated surveys:
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