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Organized Religion Will Go "Extinct" in Western Countries

Organized religion will go the way of the dinosaurs in nine Western democracies, reports CNN. "Religion will be driven toward extinction" in Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands, researchers conclude in a new paper. It will also fade in Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, and Switzerland, they predict. "If you look at the data, 'unaffiliated' is the fastest-growing group," said the paper's lead author. The U.S. could not be included in the study, because unlike the other countries, census data on religion was not available. The study began with two sociological assumptions. First, people want to be part of the majority rather than the minority, making it increasingly desirable to avoid church rather than to attend. "Just a few connections to people who are [religiously] unaffiliated is enough to drive the effect," said the lead author. Also, there are social, economic, and political benefits to not being religious in these countries. "The utility of being unaffiliated seems to be higher than affiliated in Western democracies," he said. Despite the lack of U.S. data, other studies suggest people who identify as "unaffiliated" are the fastest-growing belief group in the United States.

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Comment by doc-S
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Why would religions being losing their "flock"???  

Everything's backwards. The good people bust their ass trying to figure it out, trying to make ends meet, keep food on the table, pay the rent, stay healthy, get God working in their lives somehow, etc. and die young with the effort.

Meanwhile, the evil people, the ones doing the genocide, lies, and
diseases, live long healthy lives. No problem paying the bills, living
wherever they damn well please in the lap of luxury.

Its in the scriptures somewhere. Everything is reversed. The evil ones
thrive, the good ones suffer. I don't get it.

But that very scenario is why Christianity is losing the battle. You've
got thousands of years of genocide, abuse and slavery at the hands of
relatively very few people. Even now only a couple thousand people are
responsible for taking the entire world down the toilet. And it really
comes down to about 300 people. The owners of the Federal Reserve.

But thousands of years of genocide, slavery, and abuse by a few people at
the top and the rest of the people begin to wonder about this "Savior"
thing. And you can't blame them. Seems the "Savior" is a little late to be
doing any "saving". Billions of people over the centuries have suffered and died waiting on a "Savior" and He ain't here yet. Kinda defeats the whole purpose of being a "Savior" now doesn't it? Thus, Christianity is losing its influence on
society. As it should.

So the showdown continues. The Easts Savior versus the Wests Savior. Can't
run away from the politicians and religious dogma anymore. No further west
to go. Thus, people are forced to look within themselves. The wake-up call
has arrived. There's going to be a showdown folks and the good guys have to win permenently this time. Simply because there ain't nowhere else to go.

On and on it goes. The real problems of society are well known. The
answers to those problems are also well known. The capability to implement
them is the problem. "They" own the press and until that changes "they"
will continue to run the show. Thus, the importance of the Internet.


Comment by Don Duncan
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Wow, it's about time we heard some good news! This trend is a major step in the direction of civilization. If faith based beliefs (superstition) can be reduced to a minority we may not go extinct. Think of it: no more god or government, just like in the song "Imagine". I wonder how much influence Ayn Rand's essay "Faith and Force: Destroyers of the Modern World" had to do with it?