Religion Becoming Extinct?

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?

Extinction is a jarring concept. Just ask the dinosaurs- at the last great meeting of the species they voted not to change.

But extinct? Could this really happen to religion in America?

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One Response to Religion Becoming Extinct?

  1. ~Chris says:

    Every nation mentioned contains large populations decended from the dispersed of the lost tribes of Israel (beyond just the jewish people). These nations were actually founded by them. If we open our minds to the truth of this, we’ll begin to understand why the decline exists.

    Romans 11:25
    For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.

    Luke 18:8
    … Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

    The rising morning star

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