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Why Atheism will replace Religion.

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Atheists are heavily concentrated in economically developed countries, particularly the social democracies of Europe (Barber, 2012). In underdeveloped countries, there are virtually no atheists

Atheism is thus a peculiarly modern phenomenon. Why do modern conditions produce atheism?

First, as to the distribution of atheism in the world, a clear pattern can be discerned. In sub-Saharan Africa there is almost no atheism (Zuckerman, 2007). Belief in God declines in more developed countries and is concentrated in Europe in countries such as Sweden (64% nonbelievers), Denmark (48%), France (44%) and Germany (42%). In contrast, the incidence of atheism in most sub-Saharan countries is below 1%.

The question of why economically developed countries turn to atheism has been batted around by anthropologists for about eighty years. Anthropologist James Fraser proposed that scientific prediction and control of nature supplants religion as a means of controlling uncertainty in our lives. This hunch is supported by data showing that the more educated countries have higher levels of non belief and there are strong correlations between atheism and intelligence (see my earlier post on this).

Atheists are more likely to be college-educated people who live in citiesand they are highly concentrated in the social democracies of Europe. Atheism thus blossoms amid affluence where most people feel economically secure. But why?

It seems that people turn to religion as a salve for the difficulties and uncertainties of their lives. In social democracies, there is less fear and uncertainty about the future because social welfare programs provide a safety net and better health care means that fewer people can expect to die young. People who are less vulnerable to the hostile forces of nature feel more in control of their lives and less in need of religion.



In addition to being the opium of the people (as Karl Marx contemptuously phrased it), religion may also promote fertility, particularly by promoting marriage, according to copious data reviewed by Sanderson (2008). Large families are preferred in agricultural countries as a source of free labor. In developed "atheist" countries, women have exceptionally small families and do not need religion helping them to raise large families.

Even the psychological functions of religion face stiff competition today. In modern societies, when people experience psychological difficulties they turn to their doctor, psychologist, or psychiatrist. They want a scientific fix and prefer the real psychotropic medicines dished out by physicians to the metaphorical opiates offered by religion.



Moreover, sport psychologists find that sports spectatorship provides much the same kind of social, and spiritual, benefits as people obtain from church membership. In a previous post, I made the case that sports is replacing religion. Precisely the same argument can be made for other forms of entertainment with which spectators become deeply involved.


Indeed, religion is striking back by trying to compete in popular media, such as televangelism and Christian rock and by hosting live secular entertainment in church.

The reasons that churches lose ground in developed countries can be summarized in market terms. First, with better science, and with government safety nets, and smaller families, there is less fear and uncertainty in people's daily lives and hence less of a market for religion. At the same time many alternative products are being offered, such as psychotropic medicines and electronic entertainment that have fewer strings attached and that do not require slavish conformity to unscientific beliefs.

References

Barber, N. (2012). Why atheism will replace religion: The triumph of earthly pleasures over pie in the sky. E-book, available at: http://www.amazon.com/Atheism-Will-Replace-Religion-ebook/dp/B00886ZSJ6/

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-human-beast/201005/why-atheism-will-replace-religion
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 5:00 PM
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rfurlongg
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Certainly plausible. Although I feel religion will continue to play a lesser and lesser role, I doubt it will become fully obsolete.

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 9:11 PM

I don't care one way or the other. I'm not pro religion or pro atheism. The article left me with one thought 'meh'.

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 9:12 PM


Quoting rfurlongg:

Certainly plausible. Although I feel religion will continue to play a lesser and lesser role, I doubt it will become fully obsolete.

I completely agree. I think the writer was going for a more sensational title

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caito
by Silver Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 9:44 PM
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I'd love it if religion would disappear in my lifetime. That's a pipe dream though.

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Jan. 3, 2013 at 9:52 PM
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 IMO its logical...the more science proves the less people believe.

People need answers....when they are given the reason behind it is more believable and the old beliefs are given up.

lga1965
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 9:57 PM
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Quoting brookiecookie87:

Can you point to where the Article says any of that?

NO where does it say Atheist are smarter. No where does it say religious people are stupid and vulnerable.

If I said most Killers like music. It does not mean all people who like music are killers.

If people in underdeveloped countries are prone to religion it does not mean all people who believe in religion are in undeveloped countries. Not only does that statement not make any sense it is not true. It's the same logic you used to make both of your statements and just like the statement I gave you they are wrong.

Being Atheist will not make you smarter than a religious person. Being religious will not make you stupid or vulnerable. The article doesn't suggest any of that.

Quoting LoganTroyMom:

ok, so, atheists are smarter, religious people are stupid and vulnerable, blah blah, here's a cookie.

 

 SHe has a huge chip on her shoulder and feelings of inferiority. Too bad.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
Dr. Seuss

lga1965
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 9:58 PM

 

Quoting turtle68:

 IMO its logical...the more science proves the less people believe.

People need answers....when they are given the reason behind it is more believable and the old beliefs are given up.

 Makes sense to me.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
Dr. Seuss

12hellokitty
by Platinum Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 10:02 PM
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Atheism will never replace religion, because it has nothing to offer.  With the recent school shooting it was not the Atheist community that responded in mass, but the multi-faith community reaching all across the globe.   

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Jan. 3, 2013 at 10:26 PM
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Quoting 12hellokitty:

Atheism will never replace religion, because it has nothing to offer.  With the recent school shooting it was not the Atheist community that responded in mass, but the multi-faith community reaching all across the globe.   

 So there were no athiest who sent out their condolences and hope for the community? 

Atheism has the same to offer as religion.... love and community outreach only without belief attachments.  Knowledge to ease grief without unknown, unseen hand in the equation.  Its freeing.

In my upbringing I have watched happy lives without religion and happy lives with religion....however the scales have tipped heavily in favour of the "without religion" group.  Happy is Happy...religion and atheism both offer it.

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 11:40 PM
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Quoting 12hellokitty:

Atheism will never replace religion, because it has nothing to offer.  With the recent school shooting it was not the Atheist community that responded in mass, but the multi-faith community reaching all across the globe.   

Lol@nothing to offer.

I was raised in a monotheistic religion. It taught discrimination and bread hatred. Was there people who weren't hateful or discriminatory? Of course. but there were lots and they used the Bible as their 'proof'.

I was happy the day I realized I was atheist. And that I was doing good in my life and those around me because I want to. Because I want a better tomorrow and a better future for my kids. I am open to love and accept all people in the world.

I don't have to close my mind to the knowledge of the world or philosophy. It's like I was given a net set of eyes to view the world through. And it's beautiful.




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