Black Spirituality Religion : Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says

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  1. Amnat77

    Amnat77 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    A study using census data from nine countries shows that religion there is set for extinction, say researchers.

    The study found a steady rise in those claiming no religious affiliation.

    The team's mathematical model attempts to account for the interplay between the number of religious respondents and the social motives behind being one.

    The result, reported at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas, US, indicates that religion will all but die out altogether in those countries.

    The team took census data stretching back as far as a century from countries in which the census queried religious affiliation: Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland.

    Their means of analysing the data invokes what is known as nonlinear dynamics - a mathematical approach that has been used to explain a wide range of physical phenomena in which a number of factors play a part.

    One of the team, Daniel Abrams of Northwestern University, put forth a similar model in 2003 to put a numerical basis behind the decline of lesser-spoken world languages.

    At its heart is the competition between speakers of different languages, and the "utility" of speaking one instead of another.

    "The idea is pretty simple," said Richard Wiener of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, and the University of Arizona.

    "It posits that social groups that have more members are going to be more attractive to join, and it posits that social groups have a social status or utility.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12811197
     
  2. Ankhur

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    Aetheism and agnosticism are basicly European philosophies, and it is interesting that no nation of color is mentioned

    The most religious peoples of the earth were the indegenous peoples of the earth, in Africa, Asia, north and south America, Australia and the Pacific and South Sea Islands

    What is also interesting about the list is that no communist nations are mentioned, nations where religion is illegal, and apparently inspite of the suression

    is on the rise with new members,
    in Russia, China, Vietnam, Angola, and Cuba
     
  3. Proverbs31Woman

    Proverbs31Woman Be kinder than necessary! MEMBER

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    May be a good thing

    Considering many reasons why one wouldn't claim a religion..or as Ankur mention even be able to...for the most part, I don't see this as a problem...many people were born into a religion..grew up and searched their own salvation and no longer claim religion but relationship, like me. Religion creates a divide with many traditions that are not biblical and really is the how "judgement of others" is birthed; focusing on works and not the spirit:qqb002:
     
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    It's a way of thinking that's going to have trouble thriving like it did when it was considered the single authority on all things. Another interesting thing to look at among these studies is literacy/education and poverty levels.
     
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