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Categories: Beliefs

Cathy Lynn Grossman

Cathy Lynn Grossman

Cathy Lynn Grossman specializes in stories drawn from research and statistics on religion, spirituality and ethics. She also writes frequently on biomedical ethics and end-of-life-issues


  1. It’s hard to imagine that any percent of atheists believe in a “personal” god when the central tenant of atheism is that there is no god in which to believe. Maybe the magic chart needs some adjusting….

    • Unfortunately, polls must take every answer they get at face value, even if it is an obvious troll. Most likely those who answered that they were Atheists and believed in a personal god were trolling just to mess with the poll.

      Then again, I’ve talked with someone who claimed to be a Baha’i and an Atheist, claimed to worship the Prophet Baha’u’llah, claimed no god existed, and claimed to be the next prophet despite the Baha’i “no-new-prophet-until-the-year-2863” rule, so apparently there are people out there in real life with bizarre, confusing belief systems that seem self-contradictory.

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