What’s driving the rise in atheism?

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People For The American Way, Beltway Atheists rally in front of the United States Supreme Court on First Street, NE, Washington DC on Tuesday night, 31 January 2017. Photo by by Elvert Barnes (CC BY 2.0).

Many people yearn to feel connected to something larger than life. For some that’s a belief in God and religion, but that number is starting to dramatically decline. According to a 2019 Pew Research survey, a quarter of the US population today say they have no religious affiliation. Secularism has skyrocketed over the last three decades in America and added to that equation, there’s also an increase in self-described atheists, those who completely reject any form of supernatural deity. So why are Americans turning away from God and what does it mean to be an atheist in today’s America?

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Host:
Jonathan Bastian

Producer:
Andrea Brody