It’s very obvious that some believers simply want a God to reign over them than none at all. It doesn’t matter which one- Zeus, Jesus, Thor… Who cares? As long as there is one, it’s all good.
This seems to be the case over at Faith, Philosophy and Science in his/her post Atheism: A growing or dying ideology?
There are lots of stats thrown into the mix. Basically, non religious populations will die out and will be insignificant compared to religious numbers in the upcoming decades. I won’t look into the validity as it is irrelevant. If people of faith are having more babies… Erm, Jesus really existed? Is this the point? There is nothing to be gained here when it comes to understanding our universe.
The reason I mention this post is this. Many theists simply do not like the idea of a Godless world. It scares them. I understand how this can be a tough pill to swallow, having a safety net made by an enemy is better than no safety net at all. This is how I imagine it is perceived. Why else would someone take pride in another religion gaining ground? Disregarding Thou shalt have no other Gods seems to be an easy task.
After 2050, their numbers will start declining, as Christianity and Islam both undergo continuous major growth. Why are they going to begin declining? Very simple, babies. The non-religious have an extremely low fertility rate, and thus they do not reproduce enough in order to grow — they reproduce so little their numbers will disappear. Let’s examine the baby and fertility rate department of the non-religious, and how it will contribute to the death of the non-religious.
So no evidence needed, babies are enough proof…
This means that on the global level, the non-religious fad will get even more irrelevant. The fact is, atheists tend to cherry pick Western countries where this group is growing, like Australia or the United Kingdom or Canada, ignoring the rest of the world, where it is overall dying
I would like to add, the countries mentioned above are first world nations. This should be an important factor when looking at religious trends. Some nations with the highest birth rates are some of the words poorest and therefore unsurprisingly faithful. I don’t like to say it, truly, but some of the worlds most devout followers live in the worst conditions. God likes a sufferer.
Have you heard a similar argument? How optimistic are you that non religious populations will grow in the next 50 years?