Wait, who dislikes atheists?
By Lisa Wade, PhD
Last month I posted data showing that, of all the things that might disqualify someone for public office, being an atheist is tops. I wrote: “Prejudice against those who say there’s no god is stronger than ageism, homophobia, and sexism.” On average, Americans would rather vote for someone who admitted to smoking pot or had an extramarital affair.
We just don’t like atheists.
But who is “we”?
A survey by the Pew Research Center asked Americans of varying religious affiliations how they felt about each other. atheists were most disliked by Protestants, especially White evangelicals and Black Protestants (somewhat less so White Mainline Protestants). Atheists quite liked themselves, and agnostics thought were they were okay. Among other religiously affiliated groups, Jews gave atheists the highest rating.
For what it’s worth, atheists feel warmish toward Jews in return, preferring them to everyone except Buddhists, and they dislike Evangelical Christians almost as much as the Christians dislike them.
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Krishna Splits the Double Arjuna Tree
Page from a dispersed series of the Bhagavata Purana
Artist/maker unknown, IndiaGeography:
Made in Gujarat, India, Asia
Probably made in Surat, Gujarat, India, Asia
c. 1720 Medium:
Opaque watercolor and gold on paperPhiladelphia Museum of Art
Radha Enters a Walled Garden, Where Krishna Awaits Her
Page from a dispersed series of the Rasikapriya (Connoisseur’s Delights)
Artist/maker unknown, India
Made in Udaipur, Rajasthan, Mewar, India, c. 1660-90
Opaque watercolor and gold on paper
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Lindisfarne Gospels folio 26v. The magnificent carpet page introducing The Gospel of Matthew.
My favourite piece of art in the world. Incredible complex interlaced patterns,
Incredibly, this great Gospel Book is attributed to a single scribe, the Anglo Saxon Bishop Eadfrith of Lindisfarne in Northumbria, from sometime in the late 690’s to early 710s
Cotton MS Nero D IV; Images from the British Library Manuscript website.
Album leaf, Ethiopia, late 17th century
Ethiopian Christian art developed its own style once the new faith became the state religion in the 350s. This painting on parchment belongs to a larger ensemble of 44 leaves featuring Ethiopian saints and scenes from the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament. Here we see the Ascension—Christ ascending to heaven with the apostles below and angels above—with figures identified in Ge’ez, an ancient language now used only in a liturgical context.
The summary of this manuscript from the Hollis Catalogue page at Harvard University tells us:"Fortune telling manual based on a 12 animal zodiac. Four-page spreads include paintings of the animal for a specific year, along with mascot-figure for that year, the corresponding tree for that year, and scenes depicting good and bad marriage matches for that animal zodiac. The monkey, rooster, dog, and pig are fully illustrated but do not have any accompanying text."