Suggested Reading: “Is God Dying? The decline of religion and the rise of the ‘nones’”
Despite the rise in religion, and religious fervor in the United States, the bulk of the Western world is moving toward secularism and atheism is rising rapidly in much of the world. In a recent article in Scientific American, Michael Shermer took a look at some new data, where things are and where they are going.
“According to a 2013 survey of 14,000 people in 13 nations (Germany, France, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Israel, Canada, Brazil, India, South Korea, the U.K. and the U.S.) that was conducted by the German Bertelsmann Foundation for its Religion Monitor, there is both widespread approval for the separation of church and state, as well as a decline in religiosity over time and across generations. In response to the statements “Only politicians who believe in God are suitable for public office” and “Leading religious figures should exercise an influence on government decisions,” even in über-religious America only 25 percent agreed with the former and 28 percent with the latter.”
Read the rest at Scientific American.