Huh, up to this point I’d read like a million arrogant articles gloating about the demise of religion from the perspective that “rationality” would eventually win out. This research gives a bit of a different perspective (and is of course coming from a religious website). Granted, I know religion is dying fast in certain places, but we sort of forget that the supposed western world is but a small fraction of the world’s population. We forget that all the time (from Patheos):
“We often hear from atheists how religion is dying out as mankind comes to see the clear light of reason.
Atheist “intellectuals” speak disparagingly about religion and predict that mankind is on the cusp of a new age in which religion will simply disappear as science, technology and reason are in the ascendant.
The facts indicate exactly the opposite. It is religion which continues to grow around the world while the statistics indicate that agnosticism and atheism are dying out.
A new report by Pew Research chronicled here at the Daily Telegraph tells a very interesting story.
While the numbers of those who are “religiously unaffiliated” is predicted to rise in Western Europe and the United States, in global terms their numbers are shrinking as Christianity and Islam continue to wrestle for spiritual domination in the world.
According to the Pew Research Centre, the religiously unaffiliated – referring to atheists, agnostics and other people who do not identify with a religion – are declining as a share of the population.
Sixteen per cent of the population was unaffiliated to a religion in 2010 and Pew predicted by 2050, this would fall to 13 per cent, mainly because individuals in this group are older and have less children.
The huge growth rate will be among Christians in Africa.
Furthermore, while the rise of Islam is looked on with dismay, by 2050 Christianity will still be predominant
It is widely known that Islam is increasing globally but despite this increase, by 2050, only two more countries (51 in total) will have a population of Muslims that is more than 50 per cent.
According to the projections it is not until the turn of the century that Muslims will begin to overtake Christians, and then only by 1% worldwide.”