Jun 15, 2012 8:08 PM GMT
ATC84 saidDoesn't really paint an accurate picture when considering many countries like Japan still have a religious presence that doesn't conform to western standards of a god(s) based religions with an afterlife.
According to wiki (not sure about accuracy) 83% of the Japanese population practice Shinto.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Japan#IrreligionThe 2000 survey by the Yomiuri Shimbun found that 76.6% of Japanese do not believe in a specific religion. The number increased to 72% by 2005, with only 25% believing in religion and 20% practicing faith. According to Steve Heine in 2011, less than 15% of Japanese believe in God.
ATC84 saidShinto isn't always considered a religion.
This is the problem with polls. When an individual falls somewhere between that said person will be placed in the closest matching option. A spiritual person for example who doesn't attend church and does not count themselves a member of a particular faith - using the charts this individual would fall under no religion.
I am not motivated to prove any of these charts wrong btw. Just point out some of the flaws.
Ex_Mil8 saidOh, those NW Pacific heathens. The lack of religion there helps to explain why Oregon and Washington are such pleasant states to visit. The Swedes always seem to be a very contented bunch too.