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13 April 2008 @ 04:16 am
Vietnam and Japan, Has the Most Atheists in the World?  


By: Héctor García

A study made by Pitzer concludes that Sweden, Vietnam, Denmark, Norway and Japan are the least religious countries in the world. The United States is one of the countries at the end of the list.

It’s interesting that the US is the country with less percentage of atheists and Vietnam is the one with more percentage of atheists. The second country with the highest atheism level (purple bars) is Japan.

In Japan there are many religions, but the main ones are Shintoism and Buddhism. But I know very few Japanese who declare themselves “Buddhist” or “Shintoist”. Most of the people just “believes” and mixes religions, they would marry shinto style and do a funeral following the buddhist tradition. It’s all mixed, and more than believing in a religion, I would say that people is superstitious. Furthermore, Buddhism doesn’t have the concept of Creator God and Shinto is a polytheistic religions. For Japanese people is difficult to think about a God in the western sense.

This chart below shows countries based on their acceptance of the “Theory of Evolution.” It’s interesting that there are some coincidences with the religion chart, but some countries just change the position a lot, for example Spain goes to the top 10 in this chart but the US stays at the bottom.

Here’s something I came across today. I thought it was pretty interesting.

I’m not surprised that Japan is almost at the top on the atheists’ list. I believe many Japanese just doesn't have a foundation on what to believe. Like what the article said above, they usually just mix different beliefs, in the process most become confused which brings them back to zero ~ "I don't really know what to believe" is probably the most answer. But don’t quote me on that, I’m just saying my observation.

But, this really surprised me... that Vietnam has the most atheists (in the world). Seriously I'm really surprised to see this result. I thought there are lots of monks in Vietnam? Sorry for my ignorance, but I didn’t pay attention much to Asian history back in high school. But to be honest, I can’t fully believe in this survey. I mean I’ve always heard that there are more atheists and non-believers in Western or European countries. Maybe I’d like to see another study and survey that can support this, then I would believe it.

If you'd ask me if I believe in God, I'll just say that yes I do believe that there's a God. If you ask me about "evolution" ~surprisingly as a Christian, yes I do believe in it. I just didn't interpret the Bible literally as many people interpreted it. And astonishingly, believe it or not, the process of evolution seem to have been there (in the Bible) all along ~and that is from my own interpretation.

Professional Doubterafruz on April 12th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
thank you for this interesting article.
Vietnam statistics doesn't seem accurate enough.
I believe in God. I am a half-medic. I believe in "evolution", but not Darvin's theory. I mean, I don't believe that "human-beings are developed from earlier animal species". It is much more complicated than Darvin's theory.

Thanks for sharing <3

Professional Doubterafruz on April 12th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Spelling error, Darwin >.<
It is midnight here, so half brain is sleeping. Good night!
SPIDERLILIEZspiderliliez on April 13th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
You're welcome... ^^

Oohh, your evolution theory sounds interesting.
Glad you liked the article.
(Anonymous) on April 13th, 2008 11:33 am (UTC)
"I believe in "evolution", but not Darwin's theory."
Which part of it do you have a problem with?

"It is much more complicated than Darwin's theory."
Do tell. Have you read Origin of Species? Which part did you think was too simple?

(Anonymous) on April 16th, 2008 08:43 am (UTC)
Re: Clarification
Maybe "simple" is the wrong word for it. I'd say to believe in Darwin's theory only, is outdated, compared to the standard of knowledge that our civilization has today. This includes cell biology, genetics and population biology. The modern evolutionary synthesis (aka neo-Darwinism) is building up on Darwin's theory but also includes these new topics which were developed after his death.

Well, at least she does believe in Evolution!
(Anonymous) on April 16th, 2008 08:21 am (UTC)
I'd really like to know of which theory you're talking about and believe in respectively.