Organized Religion has unleashed exceedingly more evil in the history of mankind.
How many years do you think it will take for this evil to diminish to non-influence, non-issue in years ahead?
Afraid it might never fully die off. Human society is just too ingrained in religious clutches. Every time we thought it will die off it just rebounds back into the mainstream. But we still got to keep trying to spread truth and progress until it is no longer taken seriously.
Before throwing my vote in, I actually did some research. The results are encouraging. The share of religiously unaffiliated people in the US is growing at about 1% per year. At this rate, we may actually see a near-total abandonment of organized religion within a matter of decades.
But... If we expand this to include all dogmatic, faith based philosophies... the prognosis becomes grim. :-/
In the UK within three more generations, (assuming civilisation survives) religion has less and less hold on the young fewer and few younger people are going to church or taking doctrine seriously (thank god, or rather don't) tolerance is becoming more socially acceptable.
Church attendance in the UK can be numbered in the very low millions and the majority of those are over sixty.
Only money is keeping the major institutions afloat.
The famous Milgram experiment, I saw a movie version of it in Psych 101. People are asked by an authority to do something, tasks that push their moral boundaries. [en.wikipedia.org] (It's a fake experiment. No one actually does any harm.) Few subjects stop the experiment to say, "No, I won't do that."
I think this also explains religion. People often use religion as an excuse for cruel behavior, but, to a great extent, the responsibility needs to be on them.
Sadly, as long as there are people who firmly believe in their religion, they will manage to pass it on to future generations. I would dearly love religions to cease to exist, but as long as there are unsure, tentative, and-or doubting (in their own strength and abilities) people, there will be religion to fill in those empty spots in so many lives. Religion offers comfort to people for myriad reasons. Not everyone WANTS to have a fact-filled life...
Somethings to take into consideration: population control of the human Animal.
Peoole are at the top of the food chain so it is tgat being on top of the food chain that the only major predictor of people is people. For sure, other things, disease, natural disasters contribute to population control. China has been known to not allow biblical text into country, they have laws limiting families to only one child because of over population. Consider that biblical text has a history of population control while alse giving news media some "salty" storylines with flavor to cover. There are a lot of people that get their jollies off of viewing such news drama. Then to there are thosr people who like, enjoy and get their jollies from "pointing fingers". An example if such "finger pointing" can be seen how illogical atheist are cynical especially towards people worshiping the likes of Harry Potter god, willy Wanka god, or even those that still worship old fashion god thingies from 1000s of years ago. So long as there is reproducing intellegent capable people on top of food chain animals there would be need for something to keep populations in check. Worse case scenario could be that people over populate and devier all avaliable food sources and become cannibals to feed themselves. Zombie apocalypse type reality? 500, 5000, or 50,000 years from now what could Earth population be if there were not some equilibrium population control factors?
I say 200 because by then we’ll all be dead and it won’t matter. But just in case I’m wrong then it’ll never go away.
It’s purely a creation of man in order to control the masses and to reap personal benefits.
So it might change its titles and messages but the intent will always be there because as humans we have a driving desire to dominate and fuck each other over by any means and at any given opportunity.
I would like to think we can change but I do not see humans as they are now letting go of religion until we can let go of fear of the other. Its a vicious loop. Even within this community you have people who profess hatred against all people of any religious creed in chosen ignorance of the fact that like all human constructs it is a sea of gray. That fear/hatred/rejection of the other; the person you do not know yet profess to know enough to hold in contempt, to hate. This is not unique to religion. We all have in our reptile brains a tendency towards it. It is a survival mechanism twisted in our hubris into a tool of horror. Hitler used it, Trump uses it, we teach it too our kids when we teach them stranger danger. And yes religions use it twist faith and hope into judgment and stupid anger. I think the better question is what can replace it for people who through lack of time/education or opportunity cling to it. I do not think Atheism can fill that void. Far too many humans want/need to be told what to do.