humphreys wrote:Countries with the best standard of living are turning atheist. That shift offers a glimpse into the world's future.
Religious people are annoyed by claims that belief in God will go the way of horse transportation, and for much the same reason, specifically an improved standard of living.
The view that religious belief will give way to atheism is known as the secularization thesis. The specific version that I favor (1) is known as the existential security hypothesis. The basic idea is that as people become more affluent, they are less worried about lacking for basic necessities, or dying early from violence or disease. In other words they are secure in their own existence. They do not feel the need to appeal to supernatural entities to calm their fears and insecurities.
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Truth is not a popularity contest anyway so it doesn't matter if Christianity is the popular belief or if atheist is the popular belief.
True, but lots of important things are a popularity contest, politics as an example, and politics has a say in laws, and laws and policy affect the entire world.
Maybe by 2038 the USA will see an openly atheist president.
Of course majority matters, maybe not in the next life, but if atheists are correct this is all we have.
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