Dating an agnostic
But one thing is for sure: Along with the rise of religiously unaffiliated Americans (many of whom believe in God), there has been a corresponding increase in the number of atheists. At the same time, some people who identify with a religion (e.g., say they are Protestant, Catholic or Jewish) also say they do not believe in God.When Cru first began on the UCLA campus 65 years ago, most college students had a basic understanding of Christianity.But the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at UCLA has found that a growing number of college freshmen identify themselves like Barry once did – as agnostics, atheists or non-religious. Some adults who describe themselves as atheists also say they believe in God or a universal spirit.As nonbelievers and others gather in Washington, D.Although the literal definition of “atheist” is “a person who does not believe in the existence of a god or any gods,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, 8% of those who call themselves atheists also say they believe in God or a universal spirit.Indeed, 2% say they are “absolutely certain” about the existence of God or a universal spirit.
In addition, three-quarters (74%) say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm.But others – John, the music store manager, his calculus teacher, and the father of his friend – were all Christians Barry knew who did. Deep doubts and questions – both about his own morality and God’s existence – stirred in his heart.Barry went on a search for truth, and even began praying, God, if You exist, prove Yourself to me.Barry says that, similar to his encounters with Christians as a seeker, spiritual conversations and relationships are the key.“Evangelism isn’t about giving people information,” he says.