The good news is that atheists are the least like group to believe in New Age nonsense.
A Pew Research Center analysis found that only 22% of atheists believe in at least one of the following: spiritual energy, psychics, reincarnation, or astrology.
The bad news is… are you kidding me? 22%?! OF ATHEISTS?!
Normally, when we have numbers that embarrassing, we’re lumped in with the “Nones”… but in this case, the people who believe in “nothing in particular” are the worst when it comes to believing in the irrational, with 78% believing in some form of supernatural nonsense.
There were some other notable differences in other ways, too. Men are less likely than women to believe in pseudoscience; older people less likely than young people; college graduates less likely that those without the degree; white less than black; Republicans less than Democrats.
In this case, however, remember that having a lower likelihood of believing in psychics and “energy” could just mean you believe in God and miracles. Same product. Different flavor. It’s nothing to be proud of if you’re low on one only to be high on the other.
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