I have found that American big-city culture encourages (thru the education process) people to be liberal and Athiestic. This additude is sold in the guise of ‘Science’. While I came from a home that denigrated religion, I have overcome my indoctrination to get back to my Jewish roots. The folks I know who still believe that ‘God is a fairy tale’ are mostly afriad that there will be nothing when they die. They have even infected some nominally religious people with this idea of ‘nothing’ and they sometimes question whether God cares or if there will be an afterlife. The ‘END’ is a big deadline.