The Understanding Unbelief project at the University of Kent in the UK is conducting a three-year, six-nation survey of attitudes among those who say they don’t believe God exists (“atheists”) and those who don’t think it’s possible to know if God exists (“agnostics”). He tweets @sumit. Like many cliches, it’s rooted in truth. In these situations, the individuals committing the attacks end up instrumentalizing religious matters for the achievement of other interests. In the book, he argues that humanity is in need of a religious revolution that dispenses with the concept of God and elements of the supernatural, a revolution that expands individual and collective human empowerment by fostering a condition he calls "deep freedom"—a life of creativity, risk, experiment, … Models Used To “Predict” The Future Of Religion. So three years ago, Irzak and some friends set about building one. Biden and the US bishops: Compromise crafted by 'Uncle Ted' McCarrick still in place. One approach is syncretism, the “pick and mix” approach of combining traditions and practices that often results from the mixing of cultures. urns out atheists and agnostics are surprisingly open to supernatural phenomena, favor objective moral values, and generally seek to find “meaning in the world and your own life.”, The BBC article contrasts with the estimates for 2050 in the Pew Research Center report “The Future of World Religions.”. Clearly, it's China, What hath Trump wrought? Secularism is on the rise, with science providing tools to understand and shape the world. The parallels with today are easy to draw, but Woodhead is sceptical that Christianity or other world religions can make up the ground they have lost, in the long term. Again, Woodhead is sceptical. But as missionary religions know, what begins as a mere flirtation or idle curiosity – perhaps piqued by a resonant statement or appealing ceremony – can end in a sincere search for truth. Way of the Future: Man kann Kirche nicht ohne KI schreiben. Outlandish though it might seem, Roko’s Basilisk caused quite a stir when it was first suggested on LessWrong – enough for discussion of it to be banned by the site’s creator. Does organized religion have a future? Question: What is the world's worst government on religious liberty? Festivals like Christmas and Easter, for example, have archaic pagan elements, while daily practice for many people in China involves a mixture of Mahayana Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. It's a growing force in pro-Trump media universe, Story of concern for Nigerian boy jailed for blasphemy offers hope, despite lackluster reporting. Given all that, there’s a growing consensus that the future of religion is that it has no future.” Thinkers have been promoting that same consensus since the 17th and 18th Century … Even today’s dominant religions have continually evolved throughout history. He contends that a strong, stable society like Sweden’s is both extremely complex and very expensive to run in terms of labour, money and energy – and that might not be sustainable even in the short term. Some groups are performing or “hacking” religion to win support for transhumanist ideas, says Singler. This might have been expected, because it’s been practised for thousands of years as part of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year – whose origins lie in part with the Zoroastrians. Or at least, it did. It took three centuries for the Christian church to consolidate around a canon of scriptures – and then in 1054 it split into the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic churches. Modern disbelief is complicated, he notes, as shown in research on the U.S., U.K., and four other nations that University of Kent scholars presented to a May confab at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University. Perhaps one of the major religions might change its form enough to win back non-believers in significant numbers. The Religion of the Future is a book by the philosopher and politician Roberto Mangabeira Unger. Today, many of our societies are huge and multicultural: adherents of many faiths co-exist with each other – and with a growing number of people who say they have no religion at all. If you believe your faith has arrived at ultimate truth, you might reject the idea that it will change at all. But if history is any guide, no matter how deeply held our beliefs may be today, they are likely in time to be transformed or transferred as they pass to our descendants – or simply to fade away. But when the social contract becomes stressed – through identity politics, culture wars or economic instability – Wood suggests the consequence is what we see today: the rise of authoritarians in country after country. At Reverse Christmas, the Witnesses plant a tree rather than cutting one down; on Glacier Memorial Day, they watch blocks of ice melt in the California sun. Their grandchildren, however, are growing up in a world of geopolitical stresses and socioeconomic angst; they are more likely to hark back to supposedly simpler times. With those sorts of numbers, Jediism “should” have been recognised as a religion in the UK. In a landmark study, people directly affected by the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand became significantly more religious than other New Zealanders, who became marginally less religious. We obey laws made and enforced by governments, not by God. What is the status of religious freedom in the world today? This time it’s different. A Russian church in Antarctica, where climate change is playing out (Credit: Getty Images), Consider the “Witnesses of Climatology”, a fledgling “religion” invented to foster greater commitment to action on climate change. Secularism is on the rise, with science providing tools to understand and shape the world. After a decade spent working on engineering solutions to climate change, its founder Olya Irzak came to the conclusion that the real problem lay not some much in finding technical solutions, but in winning social support for them. But perhaps the same could have been said for the small groups of believers who gathered around a sacred flame in ancient Iran, three millennia ago, and whose fledgling belief grew into one of the largest, most powerful and enduring religions the world has ever seen – and which is still inspiring people today. Writer Sumit Paul-Choudhury, former editor-in-chief of the New Scientist magazine, notes that religions ebb and flow across eons. But officials who apparently assumed it was not a genuine census answer did not record it as such. A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Culture, Capital, and Travel, delivered to your inbox every Friday. Religious futures schol-arship focuses on predictable occur-rences in the future of religion, based on present observable trends and past trends, compounded by expectations of wild cards or quantum leaps, in the context of society’s future as a whole, ranging from science to technology (Kirby & Gary, 2002). Sociologists argued that the march of science was leading to the “disenchantment” of society: supernatural answers to the big questions were no longer felt to be needed. “I’d be careful about calling capitalism a religion, but a lot of its institutions have religious elements, as in all spheres of human institutional life,” says Wood. Communist states like Soviet Russia and China adopted atheism as state policy and frowned on even private religious expression. The idea of punishment as an imperative to cooperate is reminiscent of Norenzayan’s “Big Gods”. Seite 2/2: Hier die KI-Religion, dort die Todsünden. And as our civilisation and its technologies become increasingly complex, could entirely new forms of worship emerge? That’s most true in rich, stable countries like Sweden and Japan, but also, perhaps more surprisingly, in places like Latin America and the Arab world. Future: What are the likely psychological consequences of religious belief and practice for the individual and for society? The joins are easier to see in relatively young religions, such as Vodoun or Rastafarianism. Belief in “Big Gods” allowed the formation of societies made up of strangers (Credit: Getty Images), Hunter-gatherers, for example, tend to believe that all objects – whether animal, vegetable or mineral – have supernatural aspects (animism) and that the world is imbued with supernatural forces (animatism). THE resurgence of religion has been dramatic in the countries of the former Soviet Union. The “prosperity gospel” is central to several of America’s megachurches, whose congregations are often dominated by economically insecure congregations. Spirituality is the true essence, and the true origin , of every religious movement. The broad idea that a shared faith serves the needs of a society is known as the functionalist view of religion. But in fact, he was being perfectly sincere. Even the technological trappings aren’t new. What Is the Future of Religion? Scientology was barred from recognition as a religion for many years in the UK because it did not have a Supreme Being – something that could also be said of Buddhism. Some have confessional and sacrificial elements, too. To answer these questions, a good starting point is to ask: why do we have religion in the first place? Inhalt Auf einer Seite lesen Inhalt. Nations like Soviet Russia and China “adopted atheism as state policy and frowned on even private religious expression.”. Does it even have a future?”, by Richard Ostling. However, there is no scholarly consensus over what precisely constitutes a religion. New York Times helps fuel new journalism fires in 2020s, 2020 vote again: Various religion factors still baffle news-media pros and the Democrats. Developments in the academic fields of ecology and religion and “spiritual environmentalism”, especially in North America, give an advance glimpse of a future … One answer, of course, is that we simply get on with our lives. Growing numbers “say they have no religion at all. Accordingly, there are very many ways of being an unbeliever”, the report concluded – including, notably, the dating-website cliche “spiritual, but not religious”. We take it for granted that religions are born, grow and die – but we are also oddly blind to that reality. The kind of revivals experienced in the 18 th and 19 th century coincided with some of the most important developments in what we might now call secular thinking. The Atlantic offers faith-free take on this question: Should Down Syndrome kids be allowed to live? But I digress. We obey laws made and enforced by governments, not by God. In Russia alone, 50 percent of the population now declare themselves to be Orthodox, and millions are adherents of other religions. That’s an odd verb to depict Communist regimes’ mass-scale murder, torture, imprisonment, persecution, petty harassment, propaganda, property theft and destruction of institutions. Financial exchanges, where people meet to conduct highly ritualised trading activity, seem quite like temples to Mammon, too. Periodically they include rituals, particularly at traditional holidays. * This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2019” collection. Religion is a social-cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, morals, worldviews, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations, that relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements. In the 2018 General Social Survey of US attitudes, “no religion” became the single largest group, edging out evangelical Christians. While his vision sounds more benevolent than Roko’s Basilisk, the church’s creed still includes the ominous lines: “We believe it may be important for machines to see who is friendly to their cause and who is not. “the secularising West and the rapidly growing rest”. Traditional religion is failing to deliver on this, particularly where doctrine clashes with moral convictions that arise from secular society – on gender equality, say. “There is a pull away from global universality to local identities,” says Woodhead. So the nones mostly represent not atheists, nor even secularists, but a mixture of “apatheists” – people who simply don’t care about religion – and practitioners of what you might call “disorganised religion”. In Russia, by contrast, the nationalistic overtones of both Rodnovery and the Orthodox church wins them tacit political backing. Under this argument, any religion that does endure has to offer its adherents tangible benefits. Religious diversity has brought vitality in the forms of conflict and competiton, socio-cultural changes are re-shaping the forms that religion takes, while the changing social location of religion alters the competitive framework for services provided. The psychologist Ara Norenzayan argues it was belief in these “Big Gods” that allowed the formation of societies made up of large numbers of strangers. Social change undermines religions which don’t accommodate it: earlier this year, Pope Francis warned that if the Catholic Church didn’t acknowledge its history of male domination and sexual abuse it risked becoming “a museum”. Over the next four decades, the Pew Research Center predicts that Christians will remain the largest religious group on the planet but Islam will grow faster than any other major world religion. THE resurgence of religion has been dramatic in the countries of the former Soviet Union. New religious movements are born all the time, but most don’t survive long. Perhaps the religions that span the world today are less durable than we think. And there is some evidence for that – although when it comes to religion, there are always exceptions to any rule. This time you will be able to talk to God, literally, and know that it’s listening.”. As these examples suggest, Witnesses of Climatology has a parodic feel to it – light-heartedness helps novices get over any initial awkwardness – but Irzak’s underlying intent is quite serious. The Turing Church, founded in 2011, has a range of cosmic tenets – “We will go to the stars and find Gods, build Gods, become Gods, and resurrect the dead” – but no hierarchy, rituals or proscribed activities and only one ethical maxim: “Try to act with love and compassion toward other sentient beings.”. The Parsees’ religion originated with Zarathustra (a.k.a. And when a religion dies, it becomes a myth, and its claim to sacred truth expires. And Extinction Rebellion has striven, with considerable success, to trigger a radical shift in attitudes to the crises in climate change and biodiversity. They didn’t see any need to bring God into it – Irzak was brought up an atheist – but did start running regular “services”, including introductions, a sermon eulogising the awesomeness of nature and education on aspects of environmentalism. And the “Sunday Assembly” aims to recreate the atmosphere of a lively church service without reference to God. A Roman Catholic priest officiates mass on the first day of trading at the Philippine Stock Exchange in Manila (Credit: Getty Images). New research provides insights … Through exploring these questions and more, the authors’ goal is not that of meeting the philosophical future, but of forging it. The People's Climate March in New York City made history this month as the largest protest on climate change in the world. The research suggests that the last two groups are significant. What remains debatable, however, is whether they can afford to be irreligious because they have strong secular institutions – or whether being secular has helped them achieve social stability. A woman dances as druids, pagans and revellers gather at Stonehenge (Credit: Getty Images). These must be understood and respected; human morality generally doesn’t figure significantly. There is precedent for this: in the 1700s, Christianity was ailing in the US, having become dull and formal even as the Age of Reason saw secular rationalism in the ascendant. “We hope people get real value from this and are encouraged to work on climate change,” she says, rather than despairing about the state of the world. In 2005, Linda Woodhead wrote The Spiritual Revolution, in which she described an intensive study of belief in the British town of Kendal. What are the realistic prospects for improvement, and why does this matter? In poorer societies, you might pray for good fortune or a stable job. Whenever religion is invoked as the cause for terrorist attacks, it is simply a mere excuse to what the actual real motivations behind those really are: economic interests and politic control, which are in no way related to the purpose of religion. The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing, some moving to atheism from faith, others to religion from secularism, and many still undecided. Christianity is also increasi… On the other hand, official recognition of Ásatrú, the Icelandic pagan faith, meant it was entitled to its share of a “faith tax”; as a result, it is building the country’s first pagan temple for nearly 1,000 years. Many modern students of religion agree. By 2050 there will still be more Christians than any other religious group The global Christian population will remain stable over the next 35 years, despite Muslims being the fastest-growing religious group. It was called Roko’s Basilisk. The faith  had millions of followers in the Persian Empire’s heyday but today counts only 60,000. Given all that, there’s a growing consensus that the future of religion is that it has no future. Muslims would grow in number to match Christians, while the number unaffiliated with any religion would decline slightly. If you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter, called “The Essential List”. Rather than seeing religions as providing spiritual truths and essential morality, Paul-Choudhury leans toward the “functionalist” theory by which creeds evolved to provide social cohesion. The Future of Religion. If religions have changed so dramatically in the past, how might they change in the future? Religion will continue to grow in economically and socially insecure places like much of sub-Saharan Africa – and to decline where they are stable. But without the deep roots of traditional religions, these can struggle: the Sunday Assembly, after initial rapid expansion, is now reportedly struggling to keep up its momentum. The psychology of religion attempts to predict consequences of religious belief. Now there is, comes the reply. The future of world religions The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing, driven primarily by differences in fertility rates and the size of youth populations among the world’s major religions, as well as by people switching faiths. What barriers does it face? (If this is the first you’ve heard of it: sorry! An alternative is to streamline. The congregation numbers a few hundred, but Irzak, as a good engineer, is committed to testing out ways to grow that number. Some branches of Jediism remain jokey, but others take themselves more seriously: the Temple of the Jedi Order claims its members are “real people that live or lived their lives according to the principles of Jediism” – inspired by the fiction, but based on the real-life philosophies that informed it. Their case was not helped by the fact that many Rationalists are strongly committed to other startling ideas about artificial intelligence, ranging from AIs that destroy the world by accident to human-machine hybrids that would transcend all mortal limitations. This week's podcast: It isn't 'fake news' to recognize that America remains a divided land, A news story? In 1968, the eminent sociologist Peter Berger told the New York Times that by “the 21st Century, religious believers are likely to be found only in small sects, huddled together to resist a worldwide secular culture”. Religion News Service put that question to an intellectually and spiritually diverse range of scholars, leaders, activists and experts, asking them to reflect on the past decade and use it as a springboard to conceive the biggest themes likely to materialize in the 2020s.. In 1994, the sociologist Grace Davie classified people according to whether they belonged to a religious group and/or believed in a religious position. (Read about the "light triad" traits that can make you a good person.). Reinventing half-forgotten “native” traditions allows the expression of modern concerns while retaining the patina of age. “The stickiest is religion.”. In the secular West, such support is unlikely to be forthcoming, with the possible exception of the US. According to Wood, it was set apart by its ethos of caring for the sick – meaning more Christians survived outbreaks of disease than pagan Romans. That chimes with what we know about the deep-seated psychological and neurological drivers of belief. But Woodhead thinks the religions that might emerge from the current turmoil will have much deeper roots. In fact, recognition is a complex issue worldwide, particularly since that there is no widely accepted definition of religion even in academic circles. The acid test, as true for neopagans as for transhumanists, is whether people make significant changes to their lives consistent with their stated faith. The Silicon Valley mantra of “move fast and break things” has become a self-evident truth for many technologists and plutocrats. Powerful intellectual and political currents have driven this proposition since the early 20th Century. What have diplomacy, faith, and gender got to do with each other? In south America Christianity is undergoing radical change by mixing with native believes and by different protestant groups replacing traditional Catholicism. 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