BreakPoint: Demographics favor the faithful: A doubtful future for atheism
There are 2 comments on the Florida Baptist Witness story from Jul 15, 2014, titled BreakPoint: Demographics favor the faithful: A doubtful future for atheism. In it, Florida Baptist Witness reports that:
Every spring for the past 27 years, writers and other intellectuals have gathered in the Welsh town of Hay "to think about the world as it is, to imagine how it might be," and to have a "big conversation about discovery and intellectual adventure."
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#1 Jul 15, 2014
The difference in birthrates between believers and nonbelievers does not guarantee a halt to the increase in skepticism even in the populations, mostly third-world, where that growth is most dramatic. While less extreme, that difference has always existed in the subpopulations of most countries. The increase in skepticism comes from the rate at which members of each generation question the beliefs of the previous generation in general and their parents in particular much more than it does from comparative birth rates. Any analysis that ignores that factor is fatally flawed.
The growth of Christianity in Africa is not an indication of the increase of religion in general, but of that tendency. Younger Africans are not choosing Christianity over non-belief but over the religions of their parents and communities. It may also reflect a reduction of tribalism and towards identification with wider social identifications. Over subsequent generations, those trends could well include greater intellectual and spiritual independence and self-reliance, which could result in a growth of skepticism in the long run.
Trends towards skepticism are also augmented by increases in prosperity and education. How long can the extreme disparity between the nations and regions of the earth last?
I suspect that neither belief or skepticism will triumph in the long run. rather, at some point a balance will be found between the two, and we will see only slight demographic variations within a larger stability. With any luck, that stability will include greater levels of mutual toleration and respect and lower levels of strife and discord.
#2 Jul 16, 2014
iScience is continuing to advance by leaps and bounds and adding new knowledge everyday. Each scientific advance hurts the cause of faith. This does bold well for the accuracy of this article.
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