The UU blogger over at #mce_temp_url#TransientandPermanent parsed some of the Pew survey findings and pointed to some major shortcomings, to put it mildly, of its methodology. For instance that it ‘finds’ that over 22% of atheists believe in God as well as a majority 55% of agnostics. Oops – but no, it’s no typo.
Most likely it’s due to having left the god concept undefined and nebulous. The concept of god as an active agent is light years apart from that of a since departed prime mover. People are killing each other over the difference.
I’m sure people will talk about it at the current General Assembly. It reminds of an old thread on the UU coffee hour blog where people reported having done a local survey about beliefs in their own parish, with surprising results. It’s easy to fool oneself about the distribution of beliefs until you actually ask and count.