THE FUTURE OF RELIGION

A good post on the future of religion can be found at http://blogfutureblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/future-religiosity.html. The author argues that factors working in favour of religion are
1. Religious people have more children than non-believers and will pass their beliefs down to their children.
2. Religious people will tend to listen to programmes which confirm them in their convictions while avoiding those which challenge their beliefs.

The author identifies the factors working against religion as being the easy availibility of alternative viewpoints (for example via the internet) and the fact that many young people will explore alternative perspectives online which will lead to them being exposed to secular opinions.

As regards religious people having more children than non-believers this may well be the case for the Mormon and Islamic communities to which the author refers. However although the official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church is that contraception is wrong, in practice many practicing Catholics disregard this tenet of Catholicism and use birth control (witness the fact that many Catholic families, particularly in the developed world have only 1-2 children).

Kevin

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3 Responses to THE FUTURE OF RELIGION

  1. Catherine Morris says:

    If by religion, it is meant a set of human constructed, culturally bound morals and values, then this argument is somewhat compelling.
    However historically we have seen religion in line with philosophical pursuits – the search for truth, not the concealment of it.
    Further, I can readily think of contemporary examples from my own religion, where intelligent, truth seeking people transcend cultural bonds and yet still proclaim the same faith. C.S. Lewis & Bishop Desmond Tutu spring to mind. Can you claim that these men have avoided ‘alternative view points’ or share culturally-bound religious mores?

    • Many thanks for your comment.
      There certainly are religious people with enquiring minds who are open to new ideas and to having their own challenged. However there exist those who wish to stifle debate (for example so-called “fundamentalist Christians” who wish to outlaw the teaching of evolution in state schools.
      I’ve also come across Humanists who exhibit intolerance (they appear to believe that anyone who is religious is stupid and that they (the Humanists) are superior to those who have religious faith. As an agnostic I sit on the fence but the danger of fence sitting is that one ends up with splinters!
      Kevin

  2. McLeach says:

    But all of this is predicated on the continuation of current governmental forms. At the moment we have secular / atheistic states which allow open competition between various ‘communities’ and their religions and beliefs, but what is there to say these states will never change? Surely what needs to be factored in is the return of theocratic states, or openly anti-religious states in the future

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