Given that people in Canada now prefer to say “I’m spiritual” to claim the “benefit of religion” without any of the responsibility or participation
yes, religion is going away and the more material wealth and the bigger the middle class of nations, the less religion there will be.
It’s refreshing to see an anti-accommodationist piece like the one published by Ross Pomeroy in Real Clear Science: “Will science drive religion extinct?” The piece violates Betteridge’s Law of Headlines (“Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no“), for Pomeroy’s answer is clearly “yes.” He first adduces data that religion is on the wane not just in America, but throughout the Western world:
“. . . statistical models going so far as to predict [religion’s] eventual extinction in nine countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland.”
And then, looking for a cause, Pomeroy says: “While a variety of factors are likely at play, I’d like to focus on what may be the most significant contributor: science.” One of the other causes, of course, is because much of the world is becoming more prosperous, and…
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