(11-12-2012 04:48 AM)Janus Wrote:
(11-12-2012 04:33 AM)earmuffs Wrote: 30% don't associate themselves with organized religion.
A number of this 30% still actually believe in God, they just don't care enough to give it any real second thought.
The % of actual atheists is still relatively low.
But I assume if it's anything like the general world trend, the percentage is higher in young people so it's only a matter of time.
Give it 50years.
If the past 10,000 years are any indication people will always be looking for messiahs and gurus to follow blindly. Have you seen the growth of the membership of e.g. the 'Church of Scientology'? And a couple hundred other whacky denominations (a.k.a. sects, or cults)?
And that's just in the US. Worldwide Islam is growing fast. As is the Pentecost.
There is no indication at all that people, in general, are turning away from religion. Sure, some of us may define some of it as sports fanaticism, or political fanaticism, but that's just Newspeak for religion.
And another hurdle on the road to atheism are the numbers. Atheism grows in affluent, educated societies. Childbirth rates drop – dramatically – in affluent, educated societies.
In French: religious people fuck like rabbits.
While true, what it means for atheism is that if atheism is growing so does the power that comes with popularity in a democratic republic (to please Logica).