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NerdyKeith's avatar

Do you think public opinion onĀ organisedĀ religion with the general public has changed in the last decade?

Asked by NerdyKeith (5464points) April 25th, 2016
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johnpowell's avatar

Religion is odd. Having lived on the west coast of the united states for most of my life it is just something we don’t talk about. Or maybe that is due to who I chose to hang out with.

A few weeks ago I was chatting with Seek and I google mapped churches in our respective locations.

this covers half a million people where I live

I won’t post the map of where she lives but lets just say that she has more churches than we have Fast Food places.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I believe that people who were previously disposed to be religious have gotten increasingly so, and people who are not disposed to religion have gotten tired of the religious people trying to push them one way or another.

More or less, this mirrors the various other divisions in the US (political mostly) – the religious trying to assert their beliefs on everyone else, and the pushback that creates.

Seek's avatar

In 2010 there were 19,344 people in my town. There are 48 churches within the census-designated area’s borders (it’s not a proper town with mayor or whatever). One of which is a megachurch with over 7,000 regular members.

cazzie's avatar

We have quite a few churches but they are mostly historic. Last polls show that just over half here are now atheist. It is a growing trend. I live in Norway.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Decidedly so, and it’s going against the churches. I think it unavoidable, as the tempo of secular advances in social mores picks up, the more regressive religious traditions come under assault and are supplanted faster than the churches can react. Religions are correct in labeling this rapid undermining of their doctrines as a cultural war. But it’s simply their misfortune that modern secular requirements render dogma enforceable in the 17th century impractical and stupid in the face of reality.

stanleybmanly's avatar

@Seek. There’s no doubt you’re submerged in the thick of it, but the sheer impracticality of most religious resistance to modern societal direction guarantees that the relevance of organized religions must decrease precipitously. The evidence is everywhere and pretty much irrefutable, and followers of such archaic social policies are in the ironic position of being taught the real world lessons on the title of that truly abysmal pile of Dick & Jane level fiction, Left Behind.

Seek's avatar

I agree. Welcome to Lutz, please set your clocks back eighty years.

jerv's avatar

Before I answer, are we talking about the South, the Midwest, or the US?

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Or is this about a specific part of the world or world-wide? (The OP is from Ireland.)

NerdyKeith's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer I’m speaking from a wider western cultural perspective.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yeah. It used to be cut and dried. People just didn’t ask questions, on pain of hell fire. That’s changed.

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