Religion could disappear by 2041

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  1. The Messiah

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    Religion could disappear by 2041 because people will have replaced God with possessions, claims leading psychologist

    - Dr Nigel Barber's book debunks the popular belief that religious groups will dominate atheistic ones because they collectively have more children

    - He said the market for formal religion is being squeezed by modern substitutes such as sport and entertainment in more developed countries

    - Added that atheists are heavily concentrated in richer countries and religion will decrease as individuals' personal wealth increases


    Religious people in many developed countries will be a minority by 2041, according to one Irish biopsychologist.

    A study into the beliefs of people living in 137 countries, which forms the basis for a new book, found atheism increases in more developed places as people become increasingly materially rich.

    The book also debunks the popular belief that religious groups will dominate atheistic ones because they collectively have more children.

    Biopsychologist Dr Nigel Barber has based his book, 'Why atheism will replace religion,' on the findings to draw his controversial conclusions.

    Biopsychologists examine the application of the principles of biology to the study of physiological, genetic and developmental mechanisms of behaviour in humans.

    In an article in Psychology Today, Dr Barber explains that in his book he questions how long it would take for the average country in the world to reach a similar level of wealth and development as countries that already have secular minorities.

    This transition was defined as a minority of the population believing in a god, or a minority considering that a god is important to their lives.

    This was measured in terms of a country's GDP, local prices and Human Development Index (HDI) and allowed Mr Barber to come to the conclusion the average country will transform into a secular society in 2041.

    He said atheists are heavily concentrated in economically developed countries and religion will decrease as individuals' personal wealth increases.

    The book proposes that people do not have to rely on supernatural influences when material possessions are catering to their needs, according to Science World Report.

    Religion declines not only because people are becoming richer, but also due to the increasing quality of life, decline of serious diseases, better education and welfare states, the author said.

    He believes there is less demand for religion in societies such as Japan and Sweden where normal people are relatively comfortable and consequently the majority of the populations are already secular.

    Dr Barber concentrates on the emotional benefits of religion that favored its evolution amongst our ancestors, who faced many different challenges to their daily lives.

    The book links the cause of religion’s emergence with reasons for its potential decline and the Amazon description for the book likens organised religion to a ----.

    The description says: 'Religion evolved to help our ancestors cope with anxiety and insecurity.

    'Supernatural belief is in decline everywhere that ordinary people enjoy a decent standard of living and are secure in their health and finances.

    'The market for formal religion is also being squeezed by modern substitutes such as sports and entertainment.

    'Even Facebook is killing religion because it provides answers for peculiarly modern narcissistic anxieties for which religion has no answer.'

    Dr Barber also said it is unlikely religious communities will continue to dominate atheistic groups as they have children more frequently, as has been previously suggested.

    Dr Barber said: 'Noisy as they can be, such groups are tiny minorities of the global population and they will become even more marginalized as global prosperity increases and standards of living improve.'

    He believes as women become more integrated into the workplace they will have less children, whether they are religious or atheist.

    Religion could disappear by 2041 because people will have replaced God with possessions, claims leading psychologist | Mail Online
     
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    About bloody time.
     
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    Reminds of a joke:

    Professor: by 2041 the civilized world will be rid of religion
    Pakistani: But Sir, Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world
    Professor: I meant the civilized world.

    levity
     
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    Not being a stickler but its still 3 decades away.
     
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    Eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we will die.

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    If true, nothing could be better.

    Religion has only created disharmony and hatred!
     
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    Not sure how many read the complete article but it says something to the effect of "developed world" (in the opening sentence).

    Not going to happen in our subcontinent, if at all.
     
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    Only primitive areas like India, Islamic world, and Africa will have religion i think.
     
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    Hi,

    What is your opinion on rapid expansion of Christianity in China?
     
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    Communism is just another Abrahamic religion.

    As for this article, it's as stupid as a psychologist could be.
     
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    Propaganda-fed Chicoms from third-world kleptomaniac China are born robots, so yes...how can they have anything of their choice :rofl:
     
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    ahh so according to you India is a primitive state!i wonder what you would then say on your home country where dead foetus is still considered a delicacy:lol:
     
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    Islam Will be the winner.
    I and You may not be there but history will write it.
     
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    Winner! Lol.

    You think there is some contest?

    Anyway, soon people will realize who much dogma is holding humanity back and then it's game over for organized religion.
     
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    Atheism is declining.
    Anyway you realized at least How Organized Islam is....

    As soon we dies game is over and we will watch each others game soon :p
     
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    Won't you be busy with 72 female Virgins till the day of judgement ?
     
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    The only religion fluid enough to adapt, imho, so far has been "Hinduism".
     
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    Lolwut?

    The more strict/ Dogmatic the religion the faster it would fall, fairly simple. You can't expect to tell people that the Earth was created in a week always.

    Dafuq?
     

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