Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Non-belief on the rise worldwide

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This is the second demography/religiosity post in a row here, but I thought I'd alert you to another good piece on the issue, this time from the German magazine Spiegel. It reports on the efforts of sociologists to assess the global extent of non-religious and secular views, and again we are presented with some interesting statistics:
"Churches in the US are losing up to 1 million members every year. In Europe, secularization has advanced even further. The number of non-religious people, those who do not believe in God or any higher power, has reached approximately 40 percent in France and about 27 percent in Germany."
 And this is not just confined to the US and Western Europe:
"By now, non-believers have even infiltrated the churches: In a survey conducted by the Protestant Church in Germany, 3 percent of Protestants admitted that they did not believe in God. Church leaders may seek comfort in the idea that skepticism towards God is limited to Western Christian thought. China, South Korea and Japan, however, are commonly counted as being amongst the most secular countries."
As with my last post on the decline in belief in America, it's further evidence that there may still be life in the secularisation thesis.

In other news, we've just this afternoon signed off the September issue of New Humanist. There's lots to look forward to in that, and we'll post a preview later this week. 
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