I just read an article in the Washington Examiner, a Conservative leaning news app that non believers are growing “rapidly”. Only 65% of people identify as Christian now as opposed to 77% in 2009. I’ve seen similar articles recently confirming this. Time definitely appears to be on our side.......especially with the younger generations such as gen.Z which will have a big effect in the coming years. Should be very interesting.
Not identifying as christian is far from being a non believer.
That's just code for, "I don't go to church, but I still believe in god."
These people still read, quote and believe in the bible. Still believe in heaven and hell. Still believe in Jesus as god, and still think they have a soul.
I think there are more non believers. But maybe not as many as this would suggest.
Education along with scientific advancements are key. When we better understand our world around us, there’s no longer a need for belief in magic. Ignorance may be bliss, but I’ll take the burden of knowledge every day of the week over susceptibility to charlatans.
In European countries religion has been on the decline for some years now, especially in the Catholic counties such as Spain, Italy and Ireland...helped along by their own clerical child abuse scandals involving pedophile priests and especially in Ireland of the sadistic practices of nuns towards unmarried mothers and their babies in the Magdalen laundries. The more Protestant counties like U.K., Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia all have low church attendance and general apathy towards religious belief.
Just be noteworthy of the words used. Because it's really not that good news.
90% of Americans are "believers" in a divine being/higher power. The trick word used now is "unaffiliated." People tend to think that "non religious" means "non believer." That's not the case. 90% of American's still think there's some supreme being many are just no longer affiliated with a specific brand of theism.