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Old 16th June 2017, 11:09 AM
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Default What Do You Mean, “What Does It All Mean”? Atheism, Nonreligion, and Life Meaning

What Do You Mean, “What Does It All Mean”? Atheism, Nonreligion, and Life Meaning

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Nonreligion is often thought to be commensurate with nihilism or fatalism, resulting in the perception that the nonreligious have no source of meaning in life. While views to this effect have been advanced in various arenas, no empirical evaluation of such a view has been conducted. Using data from the 2008 GSS (N = ~1200), we investigated whether atheists, the religiously unaffiliated, and persons raised religiously unaffiliated were more likely than theists, the religiously affiliated, and persons raised with a religious affiliation to report greater levels of fatalism, nihilism, and self-provided meaning in life. Results suggested that these groups did not differ in regards to fatalism or nihilism. However, atheists and the religiously unaffiliated (but not persons raised in a religiously unaffiliated household) were significantly more likely to indicate that meaning in life was endogenous. Generally, belief in god(s), religious affiliation, and religious upbringing, did not predict meaning in life.
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