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smarttexan August 9th, 2015 11:28am

U.S. counties with nicer weather & prettier natural surroundings see lower rates of religious affiliation, suggesting people in these areas are more likely to use nature to meet spiritual needs. Do you use the outdoors to gain spiritual fulfillment?

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08/14/15 5:08 am

I don't really believe in anything, but being in nature (not in Florida, it's nature kinda sucks) I really feel happy

08/11/15 12:58 am

Don't really understand the desire for a spiritual fulfillment.

08/10/15 12:09 pm

The people who claim this have most likely never been to Utah.

kman101256 Princeton, WV
08/10/15 8:06 am

This may also suggest that people who live in these climates enjoy "play" in nicer climates, rather than the "worship" as suggested.

kman101256 Princeton, WV
08/10/15 8:07 am

I mean "spiritual fulfillment" instead of "worship". Sorry.

cowboy Here and There
08/10/15 7:57 am

I appreciate all of God's work.

Arkansas123 Neoconservative
08/10/15 2:59 am

This hypothesis is certainly interesting, but I'm reluctant to embrace it because the beauty of a natural area is difficult to quantify. Furthermore, there could be an ecological fallacy as the authors used county data instead of individual data.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
08/10/15 12:37 am

That is the stupidest idea I have read in a while. I actually marvel at the power & majesty of my creator (God) when I see the beauty of nature!

trollthepoll Pro Choice
08/10/15 7:34 am

But God didn't create it

Zod Above Pugetropolis
08/09/15 10:02 pm

I don't, because I don't feel any fulfillment is lacking, but do feel the connection to the planet and the universe in some outdoor situations. Like alone on a pitch black crystal clear, cloudless, moonless night, with the galaxy on full display.

mugendraco Alabama
08/09/15 9:36 pm

Sort of. To me, going underwater feels like entering a portal into another world. I feel much more comfortable being in the water than on land. I'd classify it as a spiritual experience.

TheCameron UCF
08/09/15 9:35 pm

I wouldn't call it spiritual but I do get joy from running on trails, kayaking etc...

suppressedID That is my secret Cap
08/09/15 9:05 pm

You want to see God in action? Just walk through a woodland setting, or watch a salmon fillet brook, or watch snowflakes fall. It's completely religious.

rons screw politicians
08/09/15 4:23 pm

Excommunicated the Church at 14. Always found solace in the woods, streams and lakes. Just bought some new prayer tools from Bass Pro Shops. If there is A god I thank him for what I see and do.

smarttexan More Moderate Than U
08/09/15 4:50 pm

14... That is young to experience that. I'm sorry someone treated you that way. I'm glad you've found your path. I like the rhythm of fishing too!

jvc1133 61535
08/09/15 4:11 pm


twss trump is a garbage human
08/09/15 11:44 am

The outdoors is the closest I've ever felt to God. Neither church, nor reading the Bible, nor attending a religious school earlier in my life have ever affected me the way that nature has and does.

PresWK Minnesota
08/09/15 11:05 am

I don't need spiritual fulfillment in the first place

SticksandStones Stop fearmongering
08/09/15 10:09 am

Nature can be soothing, and it can help me calm down, but it doesn't replace religion for me.

teachinla California
08/09/15 9:18 am

Yep, but I also use church. Nature makes me feel good, but church makes me treat others better.

08/10/15 4:53 am

Our morality is based on what we learned in church.

08/10/15 5:17 am

The morality that makes up our justice system and the morality that sets out social standards all derive from the teachings of the church.

08/10/15 6:07 am

So your argument is that our morality comes from other religions? You're not really making a case. Regardless of what religion they come from, they still come from the belief that there's consequences for our actions.

08/10/15 6:09 am

Ancient Greece was far more religious than we are today, so to say that we are following their path is in fact saying we have set our standards according to religious beliefs.

08/10/15 6:59 am

You're really running in circles here. You're agreeing that religion has contributed to our political and morale beliefs but unwilling to admit the "church" has? Where do you think modern religious beliefs are taught? The church!!!

08/10/15 7:00 am

Which in your words stole from earlier religions.

FATSHADOW Cyborg Gorilla
08/09/15 4:45 am

No but my hammock is the closest thing to Church I attend on Sundays