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Will Religion always be with us?  

Religion is certainly in decline.  A recent Huffington Post article writes that atheism is on the rise as religion ‘declines worldwide’.  However, some neuroscientists and others talk of things such as a God Gene being found.

Will some spiritual otherwordly beliefs always be popular?  Will God always be a topic of debate?  What makes it so innate, universal and eternal?

Or is religion a phase of human history?  One that will be replaced by reason and science based worldviews.  Or something else?  If so how much longer do you think religion might be around?

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  1. joe says:

    only when most of us evolve beyond the need for it. i’m skeptical of the studies that say atheism is on the rise. though i think that’s true to some extent, i think that the bulk of these people who say that they’re not religious mean that they don’t affiliate anymore, not that they don’t believe in god. i think for the most part they still do, they just don’t buy into organized religion much anymore, especially due to the scandals.

  2. Homer says:

    Yes, I believe religion will be around forever. Just look at Greek mythology.

    Too subtle?

  3. Tim Zebo says:

    Slide 24 here – http://www.slideshare.net/jerseyguy/is-religion-good-or-bad-for-society – shows that in many developed nations belief in god is often marginal (20% or less) – there clearly is no god gene. See also Slide 10 where Gregory Paul suggests that belief in god is NOT innate because “ In every prosperous democracy with universal health care, job and retirement security, and low levels of social ills, people abandon churches because they no longer need protection and assistance of supernatural powers.” Finally, from this slide – http://www.slideshare.net/jerseyguy/chart-societal-successvsbeliefinsuprnatural – as societies become more successful (as measured by the 25 variables listed), belief in the supernatural plummets.

  4. Jasmine says:

    In an ideal world, and in my youth, I liked to believe that religion will ultimately be eradicated as we grow to understand the natural phenomena of the universe with every succeeding generation. However, now I am led to believe that irrationality is an innate part of the human condition. We evolved to navigate the world through shortcuts and intuition. Unfortunately, these perceptions are often distortions of reality.

    It has always worried me that intelligence and irrationality can coexist without any apparent cognitive dissonance. You could be talking to someone who has accumulated expert knowledge in a field such as complex mathematics but still believe in bronze age myths. I feel this is a failure to be skeptical towards beliefs indoctrinated as a child and to allocate the invaluable skill of reasoning where it is much needed.

    Nowadays, my optimism takes the form of a different vision. I would like to hope that Atheists, Humanists, and just skeptical kind-hearted human beings take the lead and someday become the majority. That reason will ultimately win. So that those who continue to pursue religion are watched over and never again have the authority to abuse and mistreat others. If only this can be accomplish, I would be content.

  5. Samantha says:

    I believe that the decline of religion correlates with the incline in education and science. Not to say that an intellectual can’t be religious, but certainly there’s a correlation. So therefore, so long as lack of education exists, religion will continue to be a source of comfort for many. It also comes along with culture so many times those who embrace their origins will tend to embrace their religion out of practice. Babies aren’t born believing in the same god as everyone else, they are taught to be social in that way and many times it’s comforting. I think that in the sometimes stagnant nature of humans people that are taught something that fundamental won’t look to change it.

    I do agree with Tim that people also grow to feel less of a need for religion but there is also the issue in reluctance to change or to challenge old thoughts. Sometimes I entertain the thought that religion itself can be a form of laziness. If people find themselves in a tough situation, it’s easier to believe that forces other than theirs are at work and therefore they don’t have to do much to change it or perhaps they have no power to change it.

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