Sunday, July 17, 2016

Organized Religion Is Losing Its Hold On Americans

Good Day World!

The heyday of organized religion is passing in America.
I've been observing this societal change for over six decades.

According to a recent Gallup Poll Americans trust in organized religion continues to decline following a decades-long trend.

What's happening?

For starters:

Millennials are giving up on organized religion

Another thought:

Religion rises and falls in popularity depending on how well it satisfies our needs versus the secular alternatives.

Another thought:

Globalism may be driving a rise in interest in interfaith activities. As we relate more to people globally, we may realize as never before that ours is not the only true religion.

Another thought:

From the article 4 Reasons For Decline of Religion:

"The internet has given us unprecedented access to information about our institutions, many times exposing their darker sides.
As we learn more about our society and its institutions, we sometimes become painfully aware of hypocrisy and scandal. That may be one important reason that confidence in many of our institutions, from business to schools to government, is below historical norms."
Last thought:
The rise in Atheism is coinciding with the decline of organized religion.
Of course, there are more reasons for the decline. I've shared a portion here for the sake of conversation.
My question to you; "Is the decline in organized religion a bad thing, or a good thing?"
Time for me to walk on down the road...

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