Going through my morning reading routine caused me to stumble across an article called “Organized religion ‘will be driven toward extinction’ in 9 countries, experts predict” on CNN Belief Blog on CNN.com.
Organized religion will all but vanish eventually from nine Western-style democracies, a team of mathematicians predict in a new paper based on census data stretching back 100 years.
It won’t die out completely, but “religion will be driven toward extinction” in countries including Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands, they say.
It will also wither away in Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland and Switzerland, they anticipate.
They can’t make a prediction about the United States because the U.S. census doesn’t ask about religion, lead author Daniel Abrams told CNN.
But nine other countries provide enough data for detailed mathematical modeling, he said.
“If you look at the data, ‘unaffiliated’ is the fastest-growing group” in those countries, he said.
For those of you who are interested in the academic paper that was presented, here it is.
Given the decline of the mainline denominations in the United States, this is a deadly serious trend that most have been ignoring. We have been burying our heads in the sand for too long. We have ignoring the problem and hopin it goes away. We attempt to blame others for the decline, instead of taking a long look in the mirror.
Christ called us to “make disciples of all nations.” We are in the process of losing nine countries. What are you willing to do about it? Or will we do nothing and fade into obscurity?