Does Internet Use Decrease Religious Affiliation?

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A research study published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion  authored by Paul K. McClure of Baylor University, and quoted in the psychology and neuroscience news websitePsyPostappears to answer that question: Yes (or at least a qualified Yes)!

Quoting from the PsyPost article:

McClure found that the more that individuals use the Internet, the less likely the chance of them remaining “religiously affiliated and religiously exclusive.” Increased internet use, however, was not found to be responsible for decreased participation in  religious activities. McClure states that:

One of my main findings in this study is that increases in internet use correlate with a loss of religious affiliation, and I also discovered that individuals who spend lots of time online are less likely to be religious exclusivists, or in other words they’re less likely to think there’s only one correct religion out there.” 

I will not attempt to debate the results of the Baylor University study but I think the stated “conclusion” Mr. McClure has drawn from this study may be a little one-sided.

McClure states:

To make sense of these findings, I argue that internet use encourages a certain ‘tinkering’ posture which makes individuals feel that they’re no longer beholden to institutions or religious dogma.”

Rather than looking at the study findings in a negative light, which McClure appears to do, I will argue that religious dogma, which relies on blind faith and strict obedience to a religion’s interpretation of ancient, translated text, has met it’s match in the diversity and constant flow of new information provided by the Internet. The Internet has, indeed, set individuals free from the belief that they are beholden to an organized religion or a set of religious dogma.

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He’s Not a Saint, but he Could Be America’s Savior

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Donald J. Trump certainly has some character flaws, don’t just take my word for it, just turn on CNN.

That seems to be all they do at CNN (and other Liberal news networks): point out our president’s character flaws. They feel compelled to criticize President Trump because he’s an outspoken, unapologetic change maker and the political antithesis of their ‘beloved’ past leader, Barack Hussein Obama. (I always make sure to include Obama’s middle name because I am one of those “evil” minions of the Center Right who enjoys reminding every one that Obama [regardless of where he was born] is a Muslim Patriot who openly disrespected America and what it stands for.)

I do not believe that the Liberal media or the Liberals in Congress will be able to accomplish their stated objective of impeaching President Trump. I don’t believe that the Liberal smear campaign will do anything but strengthen the resolve of those of us who see President Trump as a savior for this nation.

About Those Character Flaws – So What!

No, the media and the President’s other detractors are not making it up! Trump has, at times, very little discipline over his mouth (or his Tweets) and that has damaged him by making some of his supporters into detractors. I have very little hope that he will correct these glaring imperfections in the short term but I am hopeful that, in the long term, the Americans who elected him will come to understand that what he says (and what he Tweets) are greatly overshadowed by what he has accomplished so far and what he will accomplish while in office.

We don’t elect a president as a role model for our personal or family lives, at least I certainly don’t, we should elect presidents to move our country in a positive direction. Trump has done this!

World Net Daily has published a list of 175 major accomplishments during his first 357 days in office. You won’t find this list in the New York Times or Washington Post and will not hear about many of them on Liberal news networks.

Please check out “Big List of 175 Trump accomplishments in 357 days” at http://www.wnd.com/2017/11/4621979/ and remember that in February you will see the first benefits of the tax reform measures that President Trump championed in 2017.

A Personal Disclaimer

I personally disagree with some things the Trump administration is pushing, i.e., doing away with a woman’s abortion option, their opposition to gay rights and their apparent welcome to the involvement of religion in politics but, as I indicated before, that is all overshadowed by he important stuff: the fact that President Trump believes in ‘America First’ and is actively ‘involved in a campaign to “Make America Great Again.”  

 

Source:

http://www.wnd.com/2017/11/4621979/