Theos, the Christian “public theology think tank”, has published yet another survey. They are quite keen on this radically democratic method of establishing truth. Here they seem to want to imply - while avoiding the risks of actually saying so - that because more people believe in ghosts than did so in the 1950’s, the case for the existence of ghosts (thus the supernatural, thus God, etcetera) has dramatically strengthened:
The poll of over 2,000 people… shows that… Almost four in 10 (39%) of people believe in ghosts, 22% believe in astrology or horoscopes, 27% believe in reincarnation and 15% believe in fortune telling or Tarot… The comparison with the 1950s is especially striking. In 1950, only 10% of the public told Gallup that they believed in ghosts, and just 2% thought they had seen one. In 1951, only 7% of the public said they believed in predicting the future by cards and 6% by stars.
Perhaps the data does reflect a real increase of ghosts of three hundred and ninety percent since 1950. This is indeed an alarming discovery, for which we must be grateful to Theos.
Hold on, I get it now. This is what Theos means by “public theology”. In order to resolve those difficult questions about life, man, and universe, you really only need a good focus group.
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