National Geographic had a desultory article on the “nones”1, which is what post-Christian pagans and atheists are being called. Title: “The World’s Newest Major Religion: No Religion.”
Has nuggets like this: “A lack of religious affiliation has profound effects on how people think about death, how they teach their kids, and even how they vote.”
There’s also mistakes like this:
There have long been predictions that religion would fade from relevancy as the world modernizes, but all the recent surveys are finding that it’s happening startlingly fast. France will have a majority secular population soon. So will the Netherlands and New Zealand. The United Kingdom and Australia will soon lose Christian majorities. Religion is rapidly becoming less important than it’s ever been, even to people who live in countries where faith has affected everything from rulers to borders to architecture.
Darn right, architecture. Buildings are uglier than ever. They’re also winning more awards. Coincidence?
Anyway, religion hasn’t faded. In the West, Christianity has faded, but not religion. Every yoga-mat-carrying, climate-change-concern-chanting, science-solves-all-problem-believing person is religious, just not necessarily Christian. It’s not only the I’m-not-religious-I’m-spiritual; many men find in themselves worthy objects of devotion.
At least National Geographic realized that some areas of the world are becoming more Christian, like Africa and post-openly-Communist utopias, and more are becoming Islamic, like Europe. In fact, Islam was the only religion not to lose more than an insignificant fraction in any country, which is what the picture above shows.
What gets me are sentences like this: “And even in the secularizing West, the rash of ‘religious freedom bills’—which essentially decriminalize discrimination—are the latest front in a faith-tinged culture war in the United States that shows no signs of abetting anytime soon.”
Religions by definition must discriminate. Even the pagan, post-Christian religions which are found in the West discriminate, but in opposite directions from Christianity in matters sexual. The sentence indicates we’re dealing with a pagan or a post-Christian who is not self-aware.
That’s the real key. “Nones” who think they’re not religious. Take this: “Scientific advancement isn’t just making people question God, it’s also connecting those who question.” It’s a matter of false belief, and a kind of screwy faith, that science can define right and wrong, but just try convincing a scidolator of that. Nones are so used being immersed in a Christianity—frankly, few to none of the nones understand the debt owed to Christianity—that anything outside of it (and while still “in country”) appears to them as “not religion.”
National Geographic spends far too many de rigueur paragraphs fretting about Diversity. Which I’ll ignore. Except to mention that, as always, Diversity always leads to mandatory quotas.
There are a few theories about why people become atheists in large numbers. Some demographers attribute it to financial security..
Atheism is also tied to education, measured by academic achievement…
There’s some evidence that official state religions drive people away from faith entirely…
Isn’t another way to put this that atheists are prone to group behavior? Never mind. That last line about “official state religions” is a hoot, especially considering the rise of Islam. The real problem are the statistical models lurking behind these “findings.” Because it wasn’t or can’t be measured, “researchers” miss the biggest cause, which is not and cannot be “education”, but exhaustion of many Christians who find it easier to convert to one of the modern religions. Proof?
In the U.S., many state legislators are still using a narrow interpretation of Christian morals to deny services to gay people and appropriate restrooms to people who are transgender.
But the national backlash to religious legislation has become faster and fiercer than ever before
Same fundamental error of the writer not knowing he is religious, added to obligatory State worship which says only the State can solve cultural problems with laws (this is a symptom of late-stage democracies). The author misses the point that people fall away from Christianity because believing sexual license is harmless is much easier.
And they move towards Islam because Muslims are willing say a man dressing up as a woman is a man. Muslims are willing to fight about that and other matters cultural, too. Which is what many (not all) Christian leaders won’t do.
Remember how everybody joked that they ought to ask a Muslim bakery to bake a cake for a gay “wedding”? Ha ha, we said. But did anybody try? One guy did, with hilarious results.
You won’t see Outrage Mobs running around Dearborn anytime soon, or ever, though. Everybody knows the reason why.
1I heard somebody recently call them “noons”. That is apropos of nothing.