Chart on people abandoning religion
Other countries have gone through a similar shift where a major share of residents lose their allegiance. Maybe Covid will speed it up a bit too.
Many people will worry that the loss of declared affiliation will mean a rise in immorality. The unswerving allegiance of the Evangelicals to Trump proves they refuse to be offended by the most vile, degenerate and corrupt politician in American history. So much for Christian morality! The loyalty of each Evangelical to Trump proves they will ditch the morality their religion teaches; and then enact fawning fealty to a personalty cult. Gross!! And they are proud to be deplorable! They embrace the term. Eff'd up!
No one expects Christianity to go away. But, in a millennium, perhaps Jesus will join Wotan, Zeus and Horus. Granted, something just as silly would likely replace it. And then there's Islam, Hinduism, etc. Perhaps humans will advance and fix whatever flaw it is that allows unlimited belief. Or, we might even learn a Truth.
In the meantime, we should continue our efforts to support science education and critical thinking.
Mixed feelings on this. Would not at all miss politically/socially conservative groups and megachurches that fleece their “flocks” while instilling guilt and superstition and spouting racism, sexism, xenophobia, etc.; but also remember standing in the trenches shoulder to shoulder with Unitarians, members of the American Friends Service Committee and others in opposition to war and injustice or to get food to folks who were going hungry.
Also, what about “disorganized” religion: the myriad forms of still harmful, anti-rational superstitions and “spiritualities” out there that all too often give cover to charlatans and greedy con artists not unlike the “clergy” they replace?
It's encouraging in that it's a steady motion confirmed by different data sources (I don't know entirely how independent they are). And it's data over a fairly long time by social scales -- 50 to 100 years. The data at least looks legitimate.
At the same time, as they note in the link it is discouraging that the numbers aren't headed to zero. They're only headed towards ~75%. The graph kind of makes look stronger than it is. Ha, ha.
I like the trend but I'm afraid I won't live long enough to see the end I'd really like.
Thanks for the link.