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Atheist scientist claims religion will be gone in a generation. Is he right?

Atheist scientist and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss argues that religion will disappear like slavery did in the US. But a religious history professor replies that Krauss' understanding of religion is way off base.


“What we need to do is present comparative religion as a bunch of interesting historical anecdotes, and show the silly reasons why they did what they did,” Krauss said at an Aug. 29 dinner presentation on cosmology and education at the Victorian Skeptics Cafe in Melbourne, Australia, in response to a question about religion being taught in schools. The video of his response was uploaded on Monday to YouTube.

http://news.yahoo.com/atheist-scientist-claims-religion-gone-generation-222009723.html

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The comments about organized religion and its institutions i think is spot on.

There was an interesting survey that revealed half the respondents believed that attributed signs of climate change to the apocalypse: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics...te-change-is-a-sign-of-the-apocalypse/383029/

I think that ties back in with the commentary about institutions. Are the people who report that they have left institutions really that less religious? It doesn't necessarily seem like the case.

It's true that more people are moving into the doubt/disbelief camp. I'm just not sure the next generation is going to be the religion free one. Could we see a rapid decline in religion in the future? It's possible.
 

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Well said, well put indeed ...



The comments about organized religion and its institutions i think is spot on.

There was an interesting survey that revealed half the respondents believed that attributed signs of climate change to the apocalypse: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics...te-change-is-a-sign-of-the-apocalypse/383029/

I think that ties back in with the commentary about institutions. Are the people who report that they have left institutions really that less religious? It doesn't necessarily seem like the case.

It's true that more people are moving into the doubt/disbelief camp. I'm just not sure the next generation is going to be the religion free one. Could we see a rapid decline in religion in the future? It's possible.
 

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No. It won't.

This man actually thinks that teaching comparative religions in schools will cancel out people's spiritual beliefs which they live by and worship by in their daily lives?!

Ridiculous.

Comparative world religion courses are taught in colleges and I don't even see how they've swayed away any significant number of various believers from their respective religions. .....countless Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and Animists all attend such courses and still retain their beliefs when the class is over.

...How much more would this be the case with children still under their parents' guidance?

.....And the parents could also refuse consent for their children to take such a class.

.....separation of church and state.

This atheist is delusional to think otherwise.
 

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IMO, the improper teaching of science plays a part in it.

"And you always fear what you don't understand"

By now the idea that global warming is a natural cycle is well understood, if not, then it should be. We have data covering the past 1 mil. years that shows the natural climate has oscillated between warm periods and ice ages.

This guy worked it out.

MILANKOVITCH CYCLES
Milankovitch cycles describe the changes in the way the earth orbits the sun. These changes define the sequence of ice ages and warm periods.
http://www.climatedata.info/Forcing/Forcing/milankovitchcycles.html


So to understand the difference between natural cycles and what is human caused people should know about radiative forcing and how this affects earth's systems such as the atmosphere, vegetation, ice snow, and the ocean. The last time I read, the current radiative forcing levels are clearly outside of the natural cycle range.

Radiative Forcing
The Earth’s surface temperature is determined by the balance between incoming solar radiation and outgoing infrared radiation. Radiative Forcing (RF) is the measurement of the capacity of a gas or other forcing agents to affect that energy balance, thereby contributing to climate change. Put more simply, RF expresses the change in energy in the atmosphere due to GHG emissions. The RF of a gas is defined as the difference between incoming solar radiation and outgoing infrared radiation caused by the increased concentration of that gas . Radiative forcing is expressed in Watts per square meter (W/m2) or the rate of energy change per unit area of the globe as measured at the top of the atmosphere.
http://www.co2offsetresearch.org/aviation/RF.html

So aside from my stance on religion, this is what I'm looking at when it comes to our climate hick-ups. It's been doing this for a very long time.

Now as far as religion goes, it's not going anywhere, for the simple fact too many people feel they need religion to get by. And that's fine, some people need to believe in a god, I just happen to be one that don't. But I do think it will shrink the more people start to ask question and not accept non-answers in place of answers.

Peace!
 

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