Libya had about 12% in 2012, doubling to 25% in six years. Among millennials, it’s 36%. Same kind of thing for Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and so on.
If these numbers are accurate, they are matched in direction in rate of change in former Christian countries.
Before we get to that, it is well to remind readers that there is no such thing as being areligious, not in any metaphysical sense. Everybody has ideas of right and wrong, moral and immoral, sacred and profane. These senses may be provided in a formal, which is to say open, religious way, or they will be be provided in other ways. No matter what, they will be provided.
Therefore, people are not becoming less religious, they are changing religions. That does not necessarily mean that people are moving from Christianity and Islam into the same new religion, though it sure seems like it, but they are shifting away from traditions and inventing for themselves news ones.
Just as a for-instance, take tranny-dom. It is a purely metaphysical belief that says a man who says he’s a woman is a woman. It is the belief itself that causes the transformation. It is that belief which all must bow to. You cannot question it. It is divine. This is why I say the predominate religion people are transferring into is man-as-god. Call it humanism if you like, but that is a rather tepid label for such an astonishing phenomenon.
At any rate, those calling themselves Christians, and the fewer who practice traditional Christianity, are shrinking fast in the once United States. We saw earlier that Christianity is all but kaput in Europe, as low as 9% practicing, and going lower.
Here are the latest Pew numbers, all with the standard cautionary plus-or-minuses, for the US.
…65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009
These are huge changes. There is an acceleration, but it represents a change which can only go so fast. I mean, the descent probably will slow when the numbers get near 0%. As an example, Protesting Christians are falling at a faster rate than Catholics, but there are still more of them.
Just under half of Milennials say they are Christians.
That 65% is self-acknowledged Christians, which is of course different than practicing Christians. Only 44% say they attend services at least weekly. That’s a better estimate, then, than the 65%.
It’s still not the best estimate, though, because even among those who go to mass, there are a good chunk who hold beliefs that cannot be reconciled with Christianity, mostly those having to do with sexuality. It’s just a guess, but based on all the other similar surveys we’ve seen. the actual numbers are probably between a quarter and a third of Americans remain Christians, most of whom are older.
The US seems to be about a decade or so behind Europe in disbelief. Another not-so-wild guess puts the number of traditional Christians at 10% or fewer in a decade, and in Europe maybe a tenth of that. Poll numbers will be double that.
Better get used to the idea now.
The religion of man-as-god is not everywhere triumphant. Eastern Europe and the Slavic countries are a pointed contrast to the West. Lithuania is particularly based, if these Pew numbers can be believed.
For example, only about 25% of Lithuanians say “homosexuality should be accepted by society”, whereas it’s 72% of Americans, and a median of 86% in Western Europe.
Lithuanians are also the least likely to agree with “marriages where both the husband and wife have jobs and together take care of the house and family”.
Most based of all:
On the issue of men and women having the same rights, Americans are as likely to say this is very important (91%) as Western Europeans (median of 90%), and more likely to say so than Central and Eastern Europeans (median of 70%).
Lithuanians again take the lead at only about 60%. Way more than the true answer of 0%, but that this is the lowest rate in any country is telling.
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