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Featured The World's Fastest Growing Religion is No Religion

Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by Skwim, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. Skwim

    Skwim Veteran Member

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    Religion appears to be going bust in a real hurry, and I'm not speaking just about Christianity.

    "An ongoing spate of recent studies - looking at various countries around the world - all show the same thing: religion is in decline. From Scandinavia to South America, and from Vancouver to Seoul, the world is experiencing an unprecedented wave of secularization. Indeed, as a recent National Geographic report confirms, the world’s newest religion is: No Religion.

    Consider the latest facts:

    * For the first time in Norwegian history, there are more atheists and agnostics than believers in God.

    * For the first time in British history, there are now more atheists and agnostics than believers in God. And church attendance rates in the UK are at an all-time low, with less than 2% of British men and women attending church on any given Sunday.

    * A recent survey found that 0% of Icelanders believe that God created the Earth. That’s correct: 0%. And whereas 20 years ago, 90% of Icelanders claimed to be religious, today less than 50% claim to be.

    * Nearly 70% of the Dutch are not affiliated with any religion, and approximately 700 Protestant churches and over 1,000 Catholic churches are expected to close within the next few years throughout the Netherlands, due to low attendance.

    * According to a recent Eurobarometer Poll, 19% of Spaniards, 24% of Danes, 26% of Slovenians, 27% of Germans and Belgians, 34% of Swedes, and 40% of the French, claim to not believe in “any sort of spirit, God, or life-force.”

    * In the United States, somewhere between 23% and 28% of American adults have no religious affiliation, and these so-called “nones” are not only growing in number, but they are becoming increasingly secular in their behaviors and beliefs.

    * Among Millennials - Americans in their 20s - over 35% are non-religious, constituting the largest cohort of secular men and women in the nation’s history.

    * In Canada, back in 1991, 12% of adults stated “none,” when asked their religion - today that is up to 24%.

    * In Australia, 15% of the population said they had no religion in 2001, and it is up to at least 22% today.

    * In New Zealand, 30% of the population claimed no religion in 2001, but it had risen to 42% in 2013.

    * In South America, 7% of men and women in Mexico, 8% in Brazil, 11% in Argentina, 12% in El Salvador, 16% in Chile, 18% in the Dominican Republic, and 37% in Uruguay are non-religious — the highest such rates of Latin American secularity ever recorded.

    * In Japan, about 70% of adults claimed to hold personal religious beliefs sixty years ago, but today, that figure is down to only about 20%; In 1970 there were 96,000 Buddhist temples throughout Japan, but in 2007, there were 75,866 - and around 20,000 of those were un-staffed, with no resident priest. In the 1950s, over 75% of Japanese households had a kamidana (Shinto altar), but by 2006 this was down to 44% nationwide, and only 26% in major cities.
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    So where did religion drop the ball?

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  2. Father Heathen

    Father Heathen uǝɥʇɐǝH ɹǝɥʇɐℲ

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    Religion didn't drop the ball. It got slapped out of its hands by the rise of reason.
     
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  3. psychoslice

    psychoslice Veteran Member
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    Great news indeed.
     
  4. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Ignorant Atheist Capitalist Libertarian Gearhead
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    I notice figures weren't listed for countries where it there's a state religion,
    & not following it could land one in the hoosegowe. I bet religion is going
    gangbusters there.
     
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  5. Deeje

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    When people walked into church empty.....and walked out the same way. [​IMG]
    The churches bear full responsibility for this.

    It wasn't God who abandoned the people, but rather the people who abandoned God by substituting a different deity.
     
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  6. MJFlores

    MJFlores John 15:19

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    Very true other religions are shrinking

    That is why we are buying their chapels and temples
    Renovating them
    Dedicating them to God

     
  7. adrian009

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    Good post.

    The 19th century Persian leader of the Baha'i faith predicted this. He said:

    The vitality of men’s belief in God is dying out in every land; nothing short of His wholesome medicine can ever restore it. The corrosion of ungodliness is eating into the vitals of human society; what else but the Elixir of His potent Revelation can cleanse and revive it?

    I live in New Zealand where the number of people declaring no religion is set to overtake the Christians.
     
  8. Nowhere Man

    Nowhere Man Bompu Zen Man.

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    People are waking up to mythology and seeing things for what they really are, and chucking the rose colored glasses for something actually substantial.
     
  9. Shadow Wolf

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    Wonderful news indeed!
    Actually, many of them mentioned, especially the European ones, do have an official state religion.
     
  10. Saint Frankenstein

    Saint Frankenstein Et Ducit Mundum Per Lucem
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    Consumer capitalism reigns, yay!
     
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  12. Saint Frankenstein

    Saint Frankenstein Et Ducit Mundum Per Lucem
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    That's probably part of it. We're also overworked, overschooled and exhausted. Keep chasing the carrot, slaves.
     
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  13. Jeremiahcp

    Jeremiahcp Well-Known Jerk

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    The Untied States in the list.
     
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    They aren't utterly free from responsibility, but to pin the cultural shifts which encourage irreligion squarely at the feet of the churches is unfair, horribly unfair. Consumerism, sexual liberty, hyper individualism and so on are not the products of the churches, they are products of near impossible to stop cultural forces that exploded in the 1960's. It's an "everyone and no one" is to blame type situation.
     
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    Jeremiahcp Well-Known Jerk

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    I wonder if it has anything to do with those religions that teach that science is wrong and college is bad.
     
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    It's the age of mis-information where no one believes anything anymore.

    Rates of depression are way up...
    Stats and Facts About Depression in America

    Rates of stress are way up:
    Stress levels soar in America by 30% in 30 years

    there is not enough time to think...
    No time to think: Reflections on information technology and contemplative scholarship

    there is not enough time to go to church,
    there is no day of rest for the weary.
     
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  17. Shadow Wolf

    Shadow Wolf Kissed by Fire

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    Or maybe we just don't want to go.
     
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  19. Saint Frankenstein

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    Actually, it is a problem when work schedules conflict with church times. That happens a lot.
     
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  20. The Ragin Pagan

    The Ragin Pagan Мы дети Богов

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    With the way those statistics are worded, I am very skeptical that they are treating this as "Not Christian = Not Religious." Which is not necessarily the case.

    Also if one religion has 5,000 members for a sold decade, yet another religion has 4 people one year, 10 the next, and 20 the year after that, then it's growing very fast! Yet they're still 20 people.
     
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