Many times, we atheists are battling windmills much like Don Quixote. We argue against a rare foe. I found this Pew Research article (Dec ’09) which tells how mixed up Americans are when it comes to religion. The article shows how eclectic many believers can be. So, are they just trying to cover all bases or do they just not really care about dogma. I think it is the later.
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
— reportedly by Jesus in Matt 7:13-14 (NRSV)
The Pew Research article shows that Jesus may be right. For if, as orthodox Christianity claims, accurate belief and submission to it is needed to pass through the narrow gate, then many American believers will be surprised. So those of you who want people to give up their superstitious beliefs, just remember, many people don’t care much at all about consistency when it comes to superstitions or their dogmas.