So says a new study as reported at the recent American Physical Society meeting in Dallas – at least for nine countries. The study reports that:
In a large number of modern secular democracies, there’s been a trend that folk are identifying themselves as non-affiliated with religion; in the Netherlands the number was 40%, and the highest we saw was in the Czech Republic, where the number was 60%.
So, if you live in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand or Switzerland you may want to get to church quick- before their doors close forever!
But seriously- how seriously should we take this news? What might it portend for us in the United States (as census data here reveal increasing numbers identifying themselves as non-religious and/or not-affliated with a religion)? Will our churches wake up to realize that our traditional methods of ministry and evangelism may not be connecting quite like they once did? Will we urgently and faithfully act now to seek ways to better connect?
But extinct? Could this really happen to religion in America?