Education, Church Attendance and Atheist College Professors Show Notes

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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According to a new study, the decline in church attendance in America may be related to a person’s level of education.  But the results aren’t what you might expect.

University of Virginia sociologist Brad Wilcox says that it’s actually LESS educated people who are leaving the church. His study found that since the 1970's, white Americans without college degrees have been leaving the church twice as fast as other Americans. 

According to Professor Wilcox, “College educated Americans are more likely to have the financial resources and the stable marriages that make a church going lifestyle seem to fit. 

Another new study suggests that some atheist college professors are taking their children to church. 

Rice University sociologist Elaine Ecklund found that 17 percent of atheist professors with kids occasionally attended a religious service in the past year.  She says that while some atheist academics went to church to please their spouses, others were seeking the company of fellow parents or wanted to expose their children to a moral environment.

Dr. Ecklund says some atheist scientists simply wanted their children to learn about religion so they could make up their own minds. 

You know, in the past few years there has been an increasing amount of conflict between atheists and Christians in the US. But when I hear a story like this, it reminds me to PRAY for the non-believing faculty members at America’s universities. Perhaps you’ll consider joining me.

I’m Bill Maier for family-friendly, commercial free, WBCL.

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