Do you think atheist will out number the religious people someday? If we did away with god, religion all together, the world would be a better place for everyone.
If we look at the increasing numbers of Atheists....we may say eventually mankind will be saved from mythology....but this will happen centuries from today.
See, mankind used to believe the tides were the result of Poseidon' s rage...when the effect of the moon on the tides was "discovered" humans discarded Poseidon from their daily prayers...but it took a long time for this cultural change to happen. The same will happen when mankind discovers there is not a God with whom to share a cup of coffee / to ask for favors.
Religion and all its myths WILL eventually disappear in most places. See what's happening in Europe and even in the US, as young people, recognizing the nonsense, drop it all together. The only thing which worries me is that religions are stepping up their "BREED!" programs, trying to (a) increase the faithful and increase the revenues from the faithful.
I love living in times when it's OK to speak out against theism and all its nonsense and to find so many others who share the same dedication to reason and the aversion to DOGMA.
No, imo atheism is just another form of religion--or anti-religion, if you will, the other side of the coin. Perhaps some day far into the future, all religions and anti-religions will be gone, but perhaps not. However, I do believe that spirituality will survive.
I do believe we are well on our way and yes the world would be a better place. The non religious don't have any religious constraints againt helping the less fortunate because we don't tell ourselves God is punishing them and they deserve it etc. We tend to do what is right without an agenda like getting into heaven and scoring brownie points with our religious leaders. They say we are roughly 30% of the population now with many labeling themselves as nons but not actively taking the titles of agnostic or atheists. Still they do not identify with any religiouns so I count them as our own.
Atheist outnumber religious? I sadly doubt it. Many religions such as Catholics mandate high birth rates and require married couples to promise to go forth and multiply and have their children raised in accordance with the rules of the church. i.e. those children will have more children. Etc. In the meantime, rational people aware of the costs of overpopulation, may have the morality (not the god likes definition but the least harm definition) may choose not to have children.
If we did away with god, religion all together?? . . .” If you includ, If all members of society learned to value facts over fiction (thus extinguishing faith (the foundation of religion (no evidence to support so no god))) and include the creation of a rational, scientifically literate public, yes I believe we would live in a better world.
I looked at the stats earlier, for people who go to church in england, - The church of england is just a diagonal line downwards - every other church is failing too France is the most atheistic country in Europe ,England is the tenth, Norway is the most godless.
Yes, I do think the rise of the "nones" will continue to grow and we will eventually become the majority. I believe many people searching for truth and answers will become enllightened and will skip religiosity, with its dogma, guilt and shame. And the the world will be a better place in that respect.
Non-believers already do in many western contexts. The atheists however, waste so much time trying to change them out of their life in denial ("You ARE an Atheist!" ) that nothing gets done anyway. Even though a generalized secular umbrella movement could open up a whole new set of possibilities pretty much overnight.
This topic is both hope inspiring and irritating for this reason. Consider this next time you hear an Aron Ra or David Silverman spouting on and on about Atheists in denial.
That argument has been debunked in history. An atheistic government (e.g. Communism) is not the answer to our problems: atheistic government has killed, tortured, brainwashed (with ideals) and been a proponent of human immorality as much as any other human institution, religious or otherwise. The human problem is not a matter of religion, people use religion or atheism to do whatever their hearts want to do. The problem is human nature, or sinful nature.
I'd say no because god is all powerful and he who claims that god is on his side, god is with him, is a god, claims to have the power of god behind him. In a void of no religion someone will step up and claim to have the power of god behind him, in him or with him in order to wield control over others through fear that the power of god will smite those who resist god's chosen.