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    Religious decline........

    According to the latest United Kingdom census, published in 2012, around 25 percent of the population no longer believes in God, an increase of eight percent in only six years. The European average is higher still. Scandinavians, for example, with their atheist majorities, have traversed much farther along the road to rejection of observant gods and extravagant ritual. Their countries are among the most advanced, prosperous, peaceful and co-operative in the world and the people have found new ways to be kind to one another without agonising over a spy in the sky, an ever-watchful and judgemental God.

    The large increase in the proportion of the United Kingdom’s unbelievers cannot be appropriated entirely to disaffection with either God or religion. The other factor is simply this: as members of the older generation die, their unconditional belief is not being conserved by a sceptical younger generation. The religious baton is not being passed on as unerringly as in yesteryear. Whatever doubts there may be about the educational standards of today, the young are generally better informed than their forebears ever were
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    Re: Religious decline........

    Scandinavians, for example, with their atheist majorities....

    Wow. I find that fascinating. Outside of the Middle East, isn't the USA the most religious of all nations? I sometimes find the pandering here unbearable.

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    Re: Religious decline........

    maybe just a thought and i was talking about this the other day..the world has changed so much in the last 80 years far more than any other century in history
    and there are a few things that havent ...maybe the Church or the way they present
    them selves is a little old fashioned ? im not a church go'er myself so i know very
    little, but from what i do know that how i see it

    me ... Buddha is maybe the nearest i come to religion tho i dont practice it does
    seem to have a better way and beliefs for me ..
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    Re: Religious decline........

    The Catholic church in Australia is going the other way . Instead of the layed back approach they used to have they are going back to wearing collars. Apparently people like authority.

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    Re: Religious decline........

    Well, I figured out a long time back that religion didn't really have all that much to do with God, and God doesn't really have a lot to do with Religion, these days.

    But then when you hear a vicar saying he doesn't believe in God, you have to ask what the point of the church might be.
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    Re: Religious decline........

    Really? In what context?

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    Re: Religious decline........

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    Re: Religious decline........

    I think people are striving for a sense of community these days, where ever they can get it.

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    Re: Religious decline........

    Quote Originally Posted by fuzzywuzzy View Post
    I think people are striving for a sense of community these days, where ever they can get it.
    So maybe the way forward is Humanism. It's all the good without the god.

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    Re: Religious decline........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arena View Post
    So maybe the way forward is Humanism. It's all the good without the god.
    That's easy for you to say. You go right ahead.
    But I rather like having God around, thank you.
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