Religion on the wane

The BBC news service has a story about census data which suggests that religion is in a long-term decline: “Religion to become extinct, says model of census data.”

The team took census data stretching back as far as a century from countries in which the census queried religious affiliation: Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland.  Some of the census data the team used date from the 19th century.

“In a large number of modern secular democracies, there’s been a trend that folk are identifying themselves as non-affiliated with religion; in the Netherlands the number was 40%, and the highest we saw was in the Czech Republic, where the number was 60%,” Dr Wiener said.

The team then applied their nonlinear dynamics model, adjusting parameters for the relative social and utilitarian merits of membership of the “non-religious” category.

They found, in a study published online, that those parameters were similar across all the countries studied, suggesting that similar behaviour drives the mathematics in all of them.

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One Response to “Religion on the wane”

  1. Robert Hagedorn Says:

    Grocery stores don’t sell knowledge of good and evil fruit. And pet stores don’t sell live snakes that speak human language. So…is the story of Adam and Eve complete nonsense or does the story have meaning beyond disobedience? Do a search: The First Scandal. Then click twice.


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