We’re losing our religion…

A study has used census data to show that religion and religious affiliation is moving towards extinction. The study reviewed

A study has used census data to show that religion and religious affiliation is moving towards extinction.

The study reviewed census data from nine countries to find a steady increase in the number of people who claim to have no religious affiliation.

The data was researched as far back as a century ago and was collected from countries like Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland.

The results have been reported at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas, US, and claim to show that eventually religion will die out in these countries.

Dr Richard Wiener, from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement at the University of Arizon, spoke at the conference saying, “In a large number of modern secular democracies, there’s been a trend that folk are identifying themselves as non-affiliated with religion; in the Netherlands the number was 40%, and the highest we saw was in the Czech Republic, where the number was 60%.”

They used a nonliner dynamics model to assess the responses and found the parameters were similar across the countries. Ultimately they found an indication religion is heading for distinction in all the countries analysed.

However, Dr Wiener went on to say the results are suggestive, “It’s interesting that a fairly simple model captures the data, and if those simple ideas are correct, it suggests where this might be going.”

“Obviously much more complicated things are going on with any one individual, but maybe a lot of that averages out.”

Another study on 58,893 Americans between 1972 and 2014 also reports similar findings. They discovered that in 2014 almost five times the number of people admitted to never praying than those who answered in the 1980s.

Twice as many people do not believe in God, and Dr Jean Twenge argues that this is because Americans are becoming more secular.

The Daily Mail report Dr Twenge says, “It might be part of a growing entitlement mentality – thinking you can get something for nothing.”

The study finds the biggest declines in religious belief and affiliation are among the younger generations, 18 to 29-year-olds.

“The large declines in religious practice among young adults are also further evidence that Millennials [people born between 1980 and 2000] are the least religious generation in memory, and possibly in American history,” she says.

Do you think religion is dying out in younger generations? Will we ever live in a world without it?

  1. Peter Dickinson  

    God does not exist

    • Richard Barnes  

      God does not exist?
      You have proof I take it?

    • Jan  

      Your God may not exist for you Everyone has their own thoughts on their God Does not mean God does not exist for others. You may try to force Religion out of existence but you will never be able to take the Thoughts of God out of Peoples Minds. That is called Faith. May all your Gods go with you. Was a saying of a well known comedian years ago.

  2. Younia Khamis  

    Yes I believe we are losing our religion, the evidence is our churches mostly were build hundred years ago with very small population at the time, now you see very few people on sunday mass and some churches are closing there doors forcec to sell.

    • lulu  

      Yes you ask believers for proof that God exists, and yet atheists don’t get ask to prove He doesn’t. I am sorry for people with no hope for the future.

      • But how can you prove He does exist? If He did exist, why has He not stopped the Atrocities that are occurring on His Earth these days. I cannot prove He does or does not exist. I believe Religion is a convenient State of Mind. Why did He not stop the Atrocities committed by Priests on little Children. Why?

  3. Mary Couper  

    Maybe we should be a bit more passionate about our various beliefs, ISIS certainly is. Our Christian way of life and our democratic society need to be defended against violent radicals.

    • Barbara  

      I agree, the Islamic faith is a way of life and those born into it live it passionately. If we don’t do more to promote Christian ethics and democracy then there is a grave risk that we will lose out to these radical zealots and our future descendants could,indeed, be living under sharia law!

  4. DeborahDenny  

    I believe that all the wars are caused by some kind of religion and with all the talk about the Catholic Church and it’s pedophiles. .it’s no wonder people are turning away from religion.

    • Richard Barnes  

      World war 1, world war 2, the Korean war, the Vietnam war etc, were all caused by religion?
      Do you really believe that or was that just a stray spur-of-the-moment thought?

  5. Joy Boaz  

    All except the Muslim faith, I am sure they will be still beheading people as they did in the 1st century.

    • R green  

      You are right there. And our lack of faith leaves us vulnerable because we now live in a lefttards controlled humanist pc world. Our faith gave us courage, now we will wimper into eternity, dead and buried and our society will be trampled under a religion of barbarism.

  6. Carol Samata  

    I certainly hope religion is in it’s death throes. Religion has been the cause of great suffering throughout history. The end of religion does not mean the end of spiritual belief and personal faith nor does a lack of religious belief mean a person does not strongly oppose the violent animals of isis and others who use religion to cause suffering in the world.

  7. It’s mainly the uneducated who believe in religion, as education improves & people learn to think for them selves religion will die out. Even children who have been brain washed manage to see the truth .

    • Lynne Highfield  

      I totally agree with your sentiments Ian but I wish I could believe in some sort of deity as it definitely is a source of comfort for those who are able to.

    • I agree totally. Even the most Primitive of Tribal People had/have a form of God, whether it be a Totem,a Spirit, a Token of some sort. Something of a higher Life Form than they, the Worshippers. I call it “Imagineitis”, and is a very convenient form of responsibility transfer.

  8. Patricia Rose  

    Institutionalised religion certainly appears to be in decline in western democracies and particularly among the educated and affluent. I realised only a few weeks ago while reading a book on volcanoes to my 5 year old grandson and explaining why people believed there were gods in volcanoes in various countries that as we understand more scientific reasons for things happening we no longer need to create gods to explain things. I could only see him questioning any god put to him without scientific evidence and perhaps that is how it is for millenials and others who have questioned traditional religion. I don’t think it will be the end of relgion and not spirituality as there will always be people who experience what for them is a spiritual or religious experience and of course in times of tremendous upheaval and suffering and fear then people look for something to ‘save’ them.

  9. Richard Barnes  

    The millennials and other ignorant people have found a new religion!!
    global warming IS NOT A RELIGION.
    However repeat after me.. pic.twitter.com/DtqyL3KDZV

  10. Richard Barnes  

    The millennials and other gullible people have found a new religion!
    climate change IS NOT A RELIGION!
    However.. pic.twitter.com/51Btxd2PLd

    • Susan Bell  

      Millennials are not gullible they are educated. There are no gods, that is right, non at all. For thousands of years there have been non believers, just read Virgil (early Roman writer ) and you will see there was a chieftain who was known as “he who has no gods”. Herodotus the Greek historian when writing about historical events and where the people he was writing about claimed a god had given them or denied them luck, he would always suggest that the hands of gods were not involved.
      It is very arrogant of you to suggest millennials are gullible even worse to sneer at their activism to save the earth and the people. And let us face it environmental needs have been recognised for generations.
      I repeat there are no gods, you need to educate yourself not only on non belief but also on the environment and climate change. This will be the third time I have tried to post, maybe if I pray this will succeed in being posted.

  11. Jim  

    The liberties the west enjoys are the results of a Biblical Culture, as we have become more secular so we have become less free. I suggest you get a copy of “The Book That Made Our World” by Indian Vishal Mangalwadi who converted to Christianity as a former Hindu – asked why do all these people from other nations want to come and live in a western country. Why did these nations have the best education, the best health and welfare, the finest art and music, why were they the most civilised? He discovered although they are far from perfect – that it was because they came from a Biblical culture.
    A point for me is when I drive in the country you find roadside fruit and vegetables for sale with no one present except an “honesty box” you would not find anything like this in countries that did not have a Christian ethos. Besides this I have seen too many people liberated from all kinds of addictions and bondages set free from believing in Jesus, that religion could not help.

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