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08-09-2017, 05:00 AM
RE: What date do you estimate atheism will overtake theism in the world population
Never. The absolute best I can hope for is that someday the more rabidly anti-intellectual/anti-female/anti-everything sects will fall out of fashion.
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08-09-2017, 05:01 AM
RE: What date do you estimate atheism will overtake theism in the world population
Whenever we solve our problem with mortality and fear of the unknown. Drinking Beverage

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08-09-2017, 05:19 AM
RE: What date do you estimate atheism will overtake theism in the world population
In the year 2525, if man is still alive.

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08-09-2017, 05:22 AM
RE: What date do you estimate atheism will overtake theism in the world population
In England, it's already approaching the tipping point. This is probably also the case in much of Europe.

America? Give it another 200 years maybe.

Unfortunately much of the world's population lives in desperately horrible conditions and lacks access to education, so is very prone to superstition and being conned. So when will the whole world become mostly atheist? I'm not sure it will ever happen. But let's say another 1000 years.

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08-09-2017, 05:39 AM
RE: What date do you estimate atheism will overtake theism in the world population
I said never.
Religion thrives on misery and I wish I was optimistic that people will, as a whole suffer less in the near future, but I'm not.
And the trouble with any upswing in religion is that it entrenches it's self.
A setback takes a century to overcome.
And even then the virus lurks in a dormant state waiting for some new carrion to feed on.
One step forward and at least one step back each time.

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08-09-2017, 06:13 AM
RE: What date do you estimate atheism will overtake theism in the world population
(07-09-2017 10:23 PM)DLJ Wrote:  2038

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So just after Jesus fails to return for his double millennial send off

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08-09-2017, 07:41 AM
RE: What date do you estimate atheism will overtake theism in the world population
(07-09-2017 08:28 PM)Coveny Wrote:  For many years now I've felt like the world is losing its religion quite literally. Polls around the world show a trend of fewer and fewer theists. So much so that in some countries atheism is the majority. However on the global scale theism still dominates atheism. We do see the young are far less likely to be theists, and the numbers of atheists there lend support to my idea that theism is dying. So the question is this at what year do you think atheism will become the majority on the global stage?

At this rate, the correct answer is "never". While atheism (or perhaps "non-religion", which is a broader term) is gaining ground in developed countries, religion is growing in non-developed countries. Given the higher birth rates in non-developed countries, this leads to a trend where religion is growing proportionately world-wide.

Now, if quality of life and education increase in those parts of the world, that trend will likely start reversing.

Also, do note that a lot of polls that show "atheism" growing quite rapidly (at least in the US) are actually showing the growth of the "nones". It's a group of people who self-identify as atheist, agnostic, or just not-religious. Other polls show that many of those non-religious people still have theistic beliefs and tendencies, so it doesn't really make sense to just call them "atheists". Now, the good news about the growth of the "nones" is that it is weakening the strength religion has in government and giving the non-religious a stronger voice in public. That's only a good thing.
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08-09-2017, 07:57 AM
RE: What date do you estimate atheism will overtake theism in the world population
In the course of 7 years atheism has doubled from 1.6 to 3.1 in the U.S. That's an impressive change.
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/201...-atheists/
The article covers some of the other issues with defining athiest and the misuse of the term in general.

On the world scene we see much the same.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/...-religion/
The article goes into some of the roadblocks to a wider acceptance of atheism.

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08-09-2017, 08:17 AM
RE: What date do you estimate atheism will overtake theism in the world population
(08-09-2017 07:57 AM)Coveny Wrote:  In the course of 7 years atheism has doubled from 1.6 to 3.1 in the U.S. That's an impressive change.
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/201...-atheists/

The article also said this, which I found interesting:

"About three times as many Americans say they do not believe in God or a universal spirit (9%) as say they are atheists (3%)."
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08-09-2017, 10:52 AM
RE: What date do you estimate atheism will overtake theism in the world population
Do I think defined as atheism... likely never.

There's still the debate some like to play in the label game if x person is or isn't like with irreleguous people that still have superstitious belief systems, simply without a deity.

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