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In pop culture and nihilism we trust

According to The Values and Belief Poll (“The VAB Poll”), a new Gallup poll published this past Friday, June 17th 2022, the percentage of Americans who say they believe in G-d has dipped to the lowest number in the past nearly 80 years.

The VAB Poll, conducted from May 2nd to 22nd, showed 81 percent of people answered that they believe in G-d. That number is down six percentage points from the 87% of respondents who said they believed in G-d in the 2017 poll. This year is the lowest percentage in Gallup’s trend since the public opinion polling company first asked the question in 1944.

This year’s VAB Poll found 17% of Americans said they do not believe in G-d. When the same question was first asked in 1944, in 1947, and twice each in the 1950s and 1960s, a consistent 98% of respondents said they believed in G-d. When Gallup asked the question nearly five decades later, in 2011, 92% of Americans said they believed in G-d.

The VAB Poll found that the belief in G-d has plummeted the most in recent years among young adults and people on the left of the political spectrum, namely liberals and Democrats.

Gallup said those groups show drops of 10 or more percentage points comparing the 2022 figures to an average of the 2013-2017 polls. Most other key subgroups have experienced at least a modest decline, although conservatives and married adults have had essentially no change, according to the polling company.

The poll found the groups with the largest declines are also the groups that are currently least likely to believe in G-d, including liberals (62%), young adults (68%) and Democrats (72%). Belief in G-d is highest among political conservatives (94%) and Republicans (92%), which Gallup said reflects “that religiosity is a major determinant of political divisions in the US.

These numbers and the corresponding demographic cohorts should be no major shock to anyone who is closely following sociological trends and the motives driving political ideologs in America.

Until the last decade most Americans subscribed to the tenants of the Founding Fathers, or at the very least, respected the reference to G-d and the deeply religious principles upon which America was founded.

What is now clear is that many of the principles that the Founding Fathers of America jealously guarded and held sacrosanct, fly in the face of the agenda of left leaning activist, and perforce, an attempt to secularize America and take G-d out of the equation. People whose existential journey has resulted in the conclusion that it is impossible for an intellectually honest person to believe that the world began and exists by pure accident and chance have embraced a G-d centered view of the world. Such G-d fearing folks turn Heaven bound for solace, for direction and for peace of mind. In stark contrast, it is an axiomatic principle of left learning ideologies that the government knows what is best for its constituents and therefore government and political rhetoric has replaced G-d as the religion of millions of primarily millennials who have embraced the pernicious secular philosophy permeated by academicians at American universities.

What is of great concern to me – in addition to the moral degradation and existential angst that is synonymous with living a life without meaning and purpose – is the claim that wisdom is found in the hallowed halls of academic institutions. I feel fortunate to be a graduate of Harvard Law School as well as more than one Executive Program of Harvard Business School. While I am deeply grateful to my alma mater for the many relationships that were forged in my sojourn in Cambridge and increasing my knowledge in my chosen discipline, I can say without question that I did not learn any life changing wisdom at the most famous Ivy League university in America.

Paradoxically, the more G-d is taken out of the equation, and the more pop culture ethos is accepted as gospel, the more dumbed down the American population is becoming and less adept at thinking critically. It is a scary that a generation of automatons has evolved, blindly walking into an abyss of nihilism with pop culture convincing an impressionable generation that life has value and meaning despite having no answers to the basic questions we all need to ask – viz – what is the purpose of our lives and what happens after our inevitable demise?

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1   Antony Gordon is a Fulbright Scholar, Sir Abe Bailey Fellow and graduate of Harvard Law School (1990) as well Harvard Business School’s Executive Program (2019 and 2022). Antony is a WSJ and USA Today Best-Selling Author, the host of the critically acclaimed podcast “The Antony Gordon Show.” TEDx Speaker and Founder of The University of Life which is currently being beta tested for launch later this year. Antony can be reached at antony.gordon@stealthcm.com.

About the Author
Antony Gordon, a Fulbright Scholar, graduate of the Harvard Law School and member of the Advisory Council for Israel and Middle East Security spearheaded by Congressman Ron DeSantis, Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee is the co-author of the renowned research article titled “Will Your Grandchild Be Jewish? and one of the most sought after speakers in the Jewish world in America.
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