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Excellent BeautyThe Naturalness of Religion and the Unnaturalness of the World$
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Eric Dietrich

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171021

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171021.001.0001

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The One Billion

The One Billion

(p.16) Three The One Billion
Excellent Beauty

Eric Dietrich

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the One Billion, ergo, the percentage of the total human population whose religious preference is unaffiliated or nonreligious (people in this category list themselves as secular, atheist, agnostic, or simply nonreligious). What fact about religion explains the One Billion? While there are several factors at play in shaping the One Billion, the most important is that there is no single indisputable bit of evidence in support of any spiritual or religious belief whatsoever. The word “indisputable” herein simply means public and repeatable—conditions that science, unlike religion, is able to fulfill. The One Billion thus signifies doubt, forgoing the spiritual journeys undertaken by the religious six billion of the world.

Keywords:   One Billion, science, religion, spiritual journeys, secular, agnostic, atheist, nonreligious, indisputable evidence

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