The cited poll, by the Pew Research Center, asked people to agree or disagree with the statement: “I never doubted the existence of God.” In 2007, 83% of those under 30 agreed. In the recent poll, 68% of those under 30 agreed.
That’s quite a drop, sure, and the steepness of the change is a bit surprising — suggesting that it might even be in response to a particular historical event or series of events. But I am much more shocked that the number was so high to begin with. Eighty-three percent never doubted the existence of God? Never? Not even once? How is that possible?
The concept of never doubting the existence of God is literally unfathomable to me. I mean, I know there are people who seem never to doubt, but such people also always strike me as either secret doubters who are desperately trying to convince themselves, or people with such credulous natures or low intellectual curiosity that it never occurs to them to doubt anything. Hardly 83%, in other words. Maybe 83% of regular churchgoers, but certainly not 83% of the general public.
So, I wonder. Is this people losing their faith? Or people getting more honest about their lack of it?
Although, if the original figure is accurate, it might explain a lot.