According to recent research religion may become something of the past in Western countries…do you believe that this could happen sooner than later?
I am not sure that religion is on its’ way out…even if clearly Mass on Sunday is much less crowded except on Christmas and Easter. I would dare to say that it is the same for other churches as well.
We tend to turn to religion in times of personal stress, illness and tragedy. There are those who only go to religious services for baptisms, weddings and funerals…jokingly known as “hatch’m, match’m and dispatch’m” Catholics.
“Never discuss religion or politics if you do not want to argue.”
That is what I have always believed and still do.
I don’t want to argue but I am curious as to what you might think about this new research finding.
Is religion heading toward extinction?
“Researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Arizona gathered census data in nine countries—Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland—where officials have traditionally included questions about religious affiliation in their population count. They found a steady rise in the number of people who claimed no religious affiliation over the past century. And, using “nonlinear modeling,” they unpacked the relationship between religious respondents and their motivation for claiming a religion.
At its core, the research found that the perceived value of joining a religious group has decreased significantly. As the number of non-religious people swells, the appeal of joining their ranks does, too. “For societies in which the perceived utility of not adhering is greater than the utility of adhering, religion will be driven toward extinction,” the study said. “People no longer see the slate of benefits as being as great as they probably did 100 years ago. It’s become less socially useful.”