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The Long, Slow Death of Religion

  • kliljedahl (1384 posts)
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    The Long, Slow Death of Religion

    by James A Haught

    By now, it’s clear that religion is fading in America, as it has done in most advanced Western democracies.

    Dozens of surveys find identical evidence: Fewer American adults, especially those under 30, attend church — or even belong to a church.  They tell interviewers their religion is “none.” They ignore faith.

    Since 1990, the “nones” have exploded rapidly as a sociological phenomenon — from 10 percent of U.S. adults, to 15 percent, to 20 percent. Now they’ve climbed to 25 percent, according to a 2016 survey by the Public Religion Research Institute.

    That makes them the nation’s largest faith category, outstripping Catholics (21 percent) and white evangelicals (16 percent).  They seem on a trajectory to become an outright majority.   America is following the secular path of Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and other modern places.  The Secular Age is snowballing.

    Various explanations for the social transformation are postulated:  That the Internet exposes young people to a wide array of ideas and practices that undercut old-time beliefs.  That family breakdown severs traditional participation in congregations.  That the young have grown cynical about authority of all types.  That fundamentalist hostility to gays and abortion has soured tolerant-minded Americans.  That clergy child-molesting scandals have scuttled church claims to moral superiority. That faith-based suicide bombings and other religious murders horrify normal folks.



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  • Pacco Fransisco (4182 posts)
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    1. Establishment churches and ministries have been in decline for a long time.

    People turn away from theocratic authoritarians for good reasons mostly. Some itinerant ministries are doing good in the US and expanding in other countries. Grace Walk is growing. Some universalism based ministries are doing well. Grace Global Seminary is going strong offering a 120 hour on line BS for under 2k and they are accredited. Most of what is taught there is a reversal of conventional rule based teachings. I agree that there is a big decline in interest and involvement. IMO the reason for most of the decline is the rules based judgmental ism that infects most churches.  Most are more than willing to throw that first stone. Oh yea they all say come as you are but then the tables turn quickly and expectations are enforced by peer pressure and the false appearance of perfection permeates the group. Couple that with the conflicts within bible translations which creates a lot of improper understanding.

    I am L0oniX  Fuck David and his pin head DLC 3rd way herd of goats
  • GZeusH (2473 posts)
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    2. Come on hurry up

    Can we get it up to 50% before it’s my time to shuffle off this mortal coil?

    Policy:  The mistaken notion that bossy people have that they can influence other people's behavior through majority rule.
  • LWolf (94 posts)
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    3. Yet

    the fundamentalists are still trying to shelter their children from thinking, from the outside world, raising new generations of the faithful.

    Parents who abuse and neglect their children, my students, trigger a deep anger and need to protect.  Fundamentalist parents trigger a deep distrust and a constant looking over my shoulder; because they are always hunting teachers who dare to teach their kids to question and to think.

  • FanBoy (7983 posts)
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    4. great bargain

    the ptb don’t want you to exist a minute without being under their surveillance — peasant

    just exchanging one method of control (religion) for another (technology)

    same masters, no essential difference