God not-botherers: Religious apathy reigns
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#1 May 1, 2014
I've noticed this trend of increasing religious apathy in the subtext of several statistical studies as well as in my own life, and really, complete apathy about religion is the ultimate atheism. When the subject comes up, such people will parrot whatever platitudes they have stored up in that part of their psyches, but they focus on other things, not giving a thought to religion for weeks, moths, even years at a time. General apathy will be the final state, not the kind of atheism we see in this forum, but a forgetfulness that allows religion to fade into the past except as an historical curiosity.
Will that bring peace? Probably not. But maybe we'll argue, fuss and occasionally fight with each other over things that actually matter
#2 May 1, 2014
"Not with a bang, but a wimper" is the most likely end of religion's grasp on the population. Not necessarily the end of religion, though. Some parts of it are woven too deeply into our cultures to disappear, although some parts, like observance of Christmas, will become so secularized that the observance is almost disassociated with their religious roots.
I think that's already happened in America with St. Patrick's Day, which is now just parades, corned beef and cabbage and drinking to excess. The saint, and what he stands for, was buried in an avalanche of leprechauns and shamrocks.
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