Interesting, for sure.Some interesting takeaways:
1. The poor are more religious than the rich. People in the bottom income groups are 17 percent more religious than those in the top income groups.
2. Globally, the number of those claiming to be religious has dropped by 9 percent from 2005 to 2011, while the number of people identifying themselves as atheists has risen by 3 percent.
3. Four countries have experienced a drop in religiosity in their populations that is greater than 20 percent between 2005 and 2012. France and Switzerland saw decreases of 21 percent, while Ireland's number of faithful declined by 22 percent and Vietnam's by 23 percent.
I read a newsbit awhile back, that noted the decline in catholicism on Germany.
The decline was severe enough, that Vatican-city had to close and/or sell formerly robust cathedral/churches for want of funding.
Which then typically get re-purposed into something **useful**, like a pub or a dance club or an eatery.
And the **best** part of converting a former church into something secular?
Little kids can go there without worry about being attacked by religious leaders-- for **any** reason.