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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Losing Our Religion? Not Quite.


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In my last post, I mentioned how atheists often boast about how atheism is on the rise while religion is dying out. Well, it turns out they may be wrong. If it seems like religion is on its death bed, it’s only in the sense that Jesus Christ once died, only to come back from the dead. Like Jesus rising from the tomb, religion, especially Christianity, is expected to rise again in the near future:
The world could see a resurgence of Christianity driven by population decline in sceptical countries, the geneticist Steve Jones has claimed. Professor Jones said history had proven that religion grows rapidly during large population booms, particularly in poorer countries. He argued that rapid growth in Africa could spark a new resurgence of major religions like Christianity. However in increasingly atheist countries in Europe people are no longer reproducing in sufficient numbers to avoid population decline, he told the Hay Literary Festival.

"We atheists sometimes congratulate ourselves that the incidence of religious belief is going down. But religious people have more children. Where are people having the most children? It’s in the tropics and in Africa. It’s clearly the case that the future will involve an increase in religious populations and a decrease in scepticism."
Sorry, anti-theists, but your religion-free utopia is not on the horizon.