Why are so many Swedes Atheists?

We learn at very early age to think critically, to use logic and reasoning. And have for a very long time. And because of this we are more liberal in nature and generation after generation grows up with religion on the side, not in it. You are always agnostic first, then you can choose, religion or atheism.

Here the government fear the people, not the other way around.

Religion is never a factor in any way when you grow up here. In school we go to church to learn about it, we are not forced to believe it; it is like going to a museum.

We celebrate religious happenings because of tradition, not faith.

When your start your life like this, and you have a choice, you choose the one that feels right for you. You have years in schools studying all the major religions, you know a little from all of them... then when the day comes most people choose atheism, for obvious reasons.

You can go much deeper than this, but this is a summary for how I see and experience it in my country.
-NB

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Comment by Dave G on July 17, 2009 at 10:36am
I knew I liked Sweden.
Comment by Julie on July 17, 2009 at 5:59pm
I love Ikea...I could live there, they have food, bathrooms, beds and real TVs now. I love Ikea, therefore I love Sweden.
Comment by Neo Brave on July 17, 2009 at 7:42pm
lol ... lovely Julie!

Don't forget, if you ever visit Sweden, you have to see and experience the ice hotel; a huge hotel entirely out of ice; it is awesome! They actually have an ice church too, just in case. :) >>> http://www.icehotel.com/Winter/Icehotel/
Comment by Julie on July 17, 2009 at 9:50pm
I just recently watched a whole documentary on how they built that, and how close to the wire they get to opening day based on the weather they need during construction. Really really interesting. I don't know they can pull if off every year.
Comment by Reggie on July 17, 2009 at 11:03pm
Sweden sounds like some futuristic society to me!
Comment by Neo Brave on July 17, 2009 at 11:15pm
@Reggie

Considering your situation, I can understand that. But don't despair my friend, things will change.
Comment by Reggie on July 17, 2009 at 11:17pm
Maybe not in my lifetime, but I certainly think things will change...eventually.
Comment by Neo Brave on July 17, 2009 at 11:23pm
You might be right... but we have plenty of room, you are always welcome here. :)

It is sad if you are right, things might change, but probably at a very slow pace considering the situation that you explained for me earlier. The latest I hear there are more atheists in the open than ever before in the US, but they are combatted from everywhere, even the media; it blows my mind. You can actually trust the media in Sweden, but what i know you can't in the US - to much political, religous and corporate influences and control; anyway the way I understand it looking in from the outside.
Comment by Reggie on July 17, 2009 at 11:35pm
The New Atheism movement combined with the internet has been a (excuse the language) blessing for American atheists. We are outnumbered everywhere in our daily lives, but our numbers grow and we find strength and community with outspoken, famous atheists and our online communities (like TA!).

American media is a joke, especially what is presented on our televisions. I can't describe how mind numbingly inane it is. If 50 American soldiers were killed in Iraq on the same day that Michael Jackson died, you would probably never hear about the soldiers. I may be exaggerating that a little, but not by much.
Comment by Neo Brave on July 17, 2009 at 11:40pm
That is so nice to hear! Good things to come, just to hang in there.

Yes, I know what you mean, I follow the media in your country when I can and I totally agree. But also that there are political branches within the media. like republican media and democratic... seems very strange, why not neutral, no wonder it is like it is...

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